Tempest (1982)

A successful middle-aged architect (John Cassavetes) breaks up with his actress wife (Gena Rowlands) and travels to Greece with his 13-year-old daughter Miranda (Molly Ringwald). When Rowlands and her gangster boyfriend (Vittorio Gassman) come after Miranda, Cassavettes flees to a remote Greek island with his daughter and his free-spirited new girlfriend, Aretha (Susan Sarandon).


Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary points out, Paul Mazursky’s unusual adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (or, more accurately, its prequel) has “sophisticated dialogue”, “terrific ensemble” acting, and “some genuinely poignant two- and three-character scenes”. While Cassavetes’ character is irredeemably annoying, Sarandon is as winsome as always, and Ringwald is highly believable as young Miranda. Unfortunately, the story — which shifts back-and-forth both chronologically and geographically — is hard to follow, and there are far too many “long, self-conscious stretches”. It’s an interesting experiment, but ultimately not an entirely successful one.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Susan Sarandon, eminently watchable as always
  • Molly Ringwald in a self-possessed film debut
  • Gorgeous scenery of Greece

Must See?
No. This is an interesting modern interpretation of Shakespeare, but not essential viewing.


One Response to “Tempest (1982)”

  1. Not “hard to follow”, but hard to swallow.

    This is a bore. A very nice, exotic location for one of the dullest films around.

    Rich architect has a mid-life crisis. Boo-hoo.

    What happens then: a great big fat nothing. 142 minutes of a GBFN.

    Good cast literally at sea.

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