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Episode #151: The Prince of Tides

Listen to Episode 151 of the Podcast here while you enjoy the show notes.


SUMMARY - In The Prince of Tides, Tom Wingo (played by Nick Nolte) lives in South Carolina with his three kids and a failing marriage. He’s suddenly called to New York City to take care of his twin sister. He is asked to speak with his sister’s psychiatrist, Dr. Lowenstein (played by Barbra Streisand) and to provide family memories and insights that might help the recovery. Along the way, the two grow closer to each other.


Screenplay by Pat Conroy and Becky Johnston; Directed by Barbra Streisand; and released on December 25,1991.


FILM DISCUSSION

The movie deals with some sensitive subjects so we provide a TW/CW for discussion of suicide, sexual assault and domestic violence

There are a lot of complex relationships at play throughout this picture

Nolte and Streisand complement each other brilliantly while discussing everything very rapidly.

There are some flashbacks to further cement the history and trauma that's lead to the present.

And also showing the older brother as the hero and rock

There are tons of secrets slowly revealed along the way as well

And plenty of subtle directing decisions that complement the narrative

It's honestly a bit tough to summarize in this format, so hopefully you'll listen to our discussion as there's a lot to cover

What's interesting is that the love story doesn't fully develop until very late.

And the conversations are handled with such earnest language and it's extremely refreshing

So much is handled with few words but the words said are impactful.

Awards Talk: It earned Oscar nominations for Best Score, Art Direction, Cinematography, Screenplay, Supporting Actress (Nelligan), Actor (Nolte), and Picture. At the Golden Globes Nolte Won for Best Actor and it was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture.


TRUE CRIME & POP CULTURE

This week we don't have true crime necessarily, but we talk about a very important world event.


We simply touch the surface around the end of the Cold War


On the pop culture side, we're talking about the possibility of a Prince of Tides TV Series



RANKINGS & RATINGS

Nikki 1-5 star scale - 4 out of 5

Jon 0-4 star scale - 3 1/2 out of 4

Would you watch it again? - While we both think it's an outstanding movie, neither of us think we'll be watching it again. It's extremely rare that we'd be in the mood to watch something that deals with heavy subject matter where we also already know what happens. It's just one of those rare cases where the movie is great but not something to re-watch.


If you want to watch The Prince of Tides, as of this recording in February 2024, it’s available on Digital Rental, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.


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