GenreComedy, Drama, Fantasy Music directorStomu Yamashta CountryUnited States
Release dateAugust 13, 1982 (1982-08-13) (United States) Based onthe play The Tempest
by Wm. Shakespeare WriterLeon Capetanos, Paul Mazursky, William Shakespeare (play) CastJohn Cassavetes (Phillip Dimitrius), Gena Rowlands (Antonia Dimitrius), Susan Sarandon (Aretha Tomalin), Vittorio Gassman (Alonzo), Raúl Juliá (Kalibanos), Molly Ringwald (Miranda Dimitrius) Similar moviesThe Hollow Crown: Henry V, The Hollow Crown: Richard II, The Hollow Crown: Henry IV - Part 1, The Hollow Crown: Henry IV - Part 2, An Age of Kings, The Wars of the Roses
TaglineMost men dream their fantasies. Phillip decided to live his.
Tempest is a 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky. It is a loosely based, modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, The Tempest. The picture features John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Raúl Juliá and Molly Ringwald in her feature film debut.
The movie tells the story of Phillip Dimitrius (John Cassavetes), a middle-aged New York City architect who is going through a difficult mid-life crisis.
After learning that his wife Antonia has been having an affair, Dimitrius leaves New York City and moves to a Greek island with his teenage daughter, Miranda (Molly Ringwald). In Athens he meets Aretha Tomalin (Susan Sarandon), a singer, and they become lovers. Mysteriously, he takes a vow of celibacy after they move to the island.
Living on the island is Kalibanos, an eccentric hermit (Raúl Juliá) who was previously its only resident.
Phillip Dimitrius finally seems happy, until one day a twist of fate brings his wife, her new lover Alonzo (Phillip's ex-boss), and Alonzo's son Freddy to the island due to a shipwreck.
The picture was filmed on location, including: Athens, Greece; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and New York City, New York. Susan Sarandon’s character’s last name, Tomalin, is her own maiden name. She took her husband’s last name when she married Chris Sarandon.
The film premiered in the United States on August 13, 1982.
It was screened at various film festivals, including: the Venice Film Festival, Italy; the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; the Davao City Film Festival, Philippines; and others.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a fresh rating of 71%. Vincent Canby, film critic for The New York Times, was harsh in his review. He praised Paul Mazursky for some of his earlier works but Canby did not like this film, and wrote, "Tempest is an overblown, fancified freak of a film. Experiencing it is like watching a 10-ton canary as it attempts to become airborne. It lumbers up and down the runway tirelessly, but never once succeeds in getting both feet off the ground at the same time. The spectacle is amusing in isolated moments but, finally, exhausting."
The film was a box office flop.
Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award, Paul Mazursky; 1982.
Venice Film Festival: Pasinetti Award - Best Actress, Susan Sarandon; 1982.
Golden Globe Awards: Golden Globe; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Raul Julia; New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female, Molly Ringwald; 1983.
Young Artist Awards: Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Sam Robards; Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Molly Ringwald; 1983.