Tempest (1982 film)

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Tempest 1982 poster small.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Produced by Paul Mazursky
Steven Bernhardt
Pato Guzman
Screenplay by Leon Capetanos
Paul Mazursky
Based on the play The Tempest
by Wm. Shakespeare
Music by Stomu Yamashta
Cinematography Donald McAlpine
Edited by Donn Cambern
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 13, 1982 (1982-08-13) (United States)
Running time
140 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $5,005,245[1]

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.[2]


Phillip Dimitrius is 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. In Athens he meets Aretha Tomalin, 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, 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, his 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.


Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a fresh rating of 63%.[4] 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."[5]

Box office[edit]

The film was a box office flop.




  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tempest at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Tempest at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ Curley, Mallory. A Cookie Mueller Encyclopedia (2010), pp. 475–476.
  4. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1021008-tempest/
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent. The New York Times film review, August 13, 1982.

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