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The Tempest (1980)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 27 February 1980
Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.

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John Gorrie

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hordern ... Prospero
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Antonio
David Waller David Waller ... Alonso
Warren Clarke ... Caliban
Nigel Hawthorne ... Stephano
David Dixon David Dixon ... Ariel
Andrew Sachs ... Trinculo
John Nettleton ... Gonzalo
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Sebastian
Pippa Guard ... Miranda
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Ferdinand
Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Gilbert ... Boatswain
Edwin Brown ... Master
Paul Greenhalgh ... Francisco
Christopher Bramwell Christopher Bramwell ... Adrian
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Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Tempest See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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a bit disappointing
9 October 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

I love The Tempest as a play - its magic, its fun, its emotional impact. All these should be present in a good adaptation.

The problem with this version is twofold. First, it is very studio-bound, giving a feeling of flatness to the proceedings (compare to the Derek Jarman version a year earlier, or the 1950s version with Maurice Evans). Second, it suffers from inappropriate casting in key roles, notably real-life siblings Pippa and Christopher Guard as lovers Miranda and Ferdinand, and David Dixon as Ariel (the potential was there but it just didn't work).

Michael Hordern is however fine as Prospero, and Nigel Hawthorne and Andrew Sachs provide some comedy. Warren Clarke is a monstrous and diverting Caliban, devoid of magic but with some sense of the injustice he feels at his treatment on the island.

Some clever ideas and some very good scenes (notably when the goddesses appear, singing), but this Tempest is too dry and flat to be really engrossing.


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