The Prince of Tides (1991)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.




  • Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Nick Nolte in The Prince of Tides (1991)
  • Blythe Danner and Kate Nelligan in The Prince of Tides (1991)

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10 December 2000 | VivienLeighsnumber1fan
Nick Nolte's and even, Barbra Streisand's Best!
I absolutely loved this movie when I first saw it Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand had great chemistry throughout! Babs sure knows how to direct as she did with Yentl. Kate Nelligan in her over-the-top performance as Nolte's secluded mother. She left her children with her abusive alcoholic husband after a tragic event of escaped convicts. Then Nolte grows up in his southern up-bringing town. He becomes an English teacher and then marries lovely Blythe Danner an has 3 girls. Sounds like the ideal life right? WRONG!!!! His suicidal sister in New York tries to do away with herself and he must tell the shocking secrets of his dysfuctional family to psychiatrist Streisand who has had her share of problems as well. They eventually fall in love due to his wife's affair.He also coaches Streisand's real life son Jason Gould at football. Jeroen Krabbe was good as her a**hole of a husband.George Carlin was hilarious as the sister's gay neighbor. Melinda Dillon was also convincing as the waif sister.But Blythe Danner was my favorite. Everything Blythe does is sensational! She is much better than overrated Gwyneth! This is not all pain and suffering! I laughed so hard at the dinner party that I was in tears. But the endings was one of the most beautiful conclusions of a film I have ever seen! Splendid movie! See this video ASAP! NOW! NOW! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!


1991 140 mins. Rated: R CC.

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To point out that Kate Nelligan is significantly younger than her on-screen children is illogical for this movie. Prince of Tides is set primarily in two different time periods, when Tom and Savannah are adolescents and then when they are adults. The scenes weave back and forth from past to present. When Kate Nelligan shares scenes with Nick Nolte, her hair and make-up have been done so as to have her appear much older than she is. In the flash back scenes, she does not share screen time with Nick nor Melinda, but the juvenile versions of Tom, Savannah, and Luke's characters. In these scenes, she is her young and beautiful self.


Susan Lowenstein: How did you deal with his death?
Tom Wingo: I shut down like a broken motor.
Susan Lowenstein: Huh. And according to the Southern way, still no tears.
Tom Wingo: Oh, I cry sometimes, Lowenstein. I cry at weddings, at the Olympics. I'm real big at the national anthem.
Susan Lowenstein: But not over Luke?
Tom Wingo: What ...


When Tom is coaching, Bernard's dirty white t-shirt becomes clean between shots.

Alternate Versions

Laserdisc version contains an alternate end credits sequence with Barbra Streisand's vocal performance of "Places That Belong To You" (which was replaced in the final film by new end title music by James Newton Howard after Streisand felt that to include the song would bring back the Dr. Lowenstein character and destroy the focal point of the story, which would be the Tom Wingo character). Also, alternate versions of the Tom and Susan affair scenes, and the following deleted scenes (presented in a separate supplementary section at the end of the film):

  • Tom remembering his late brother Luke;
  • Tom visiting Savannah in the hospital early in the film;
  • Tom confronting his father Henry;
  • Tom sending flowers to Dr. Lowenstein;
  • Lila being ridiculed as "white trash";
  • and a love affair montage.


Honey Don't
Written and Performed by
Carl Perkins
Courtesy of Sun Entertainment/Rhino Records


Plot Summary


Drama | Romance

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,035,412 29 December 1991

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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