The Prince of Tides

December 25th, 1991


The Prince of Tides

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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.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.4/10 (7,819 voted)

Director: Barbra Streisand

Stars: Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner

Tom Wingo is unhappy with his life. His wife doesn't understand him and he also doesn't get along with his dominant mother. When his sister attempts suicide, her psychologist Susan Lowenstein consults him. Patiently and cautiously she uncovers the terrible secret hidden in Tom and Savannah's childhood. On the other side she's unhappy too and so both help each other to find their way back to life.

Writers: Pat Conroy, Pat Conroy

Nick Nolte - Tom Wingo
Barbra Streisand - Susan Lowenstein
Blythe Danner - Sally Wingo
Kate Nelligan - Lila Wingo Newbury
Jeroen Krabbé - Herbert Woodruff
Melinda Dillon - Savannah Wingo
George Carlin - Eddie Detreville
Jason Gould - Bernard Woodruff
Brad Sullivan - Henry Wingo
Maggie Collier - Lucy Wingo
Lindsay Wray - Jennifer Wingo
Brandlyn Whitaker - Chandler Wingo
Justen Woods - Tom Wingo (age 6)
Bobby Fain - Tom Wingo (age 10)
Trey Yearwood - Tom Wingo (age 13)

Taglines: A story about the memories that haunt us, and the truth that sets us free.

Release Date: 25 December 1991

Filming Locations: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $74,787,599 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Jason Gould, who plays Barbra Streisand's son in the movie, is her real-life son.

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

Tom Wingo: [narrating] I suppose Henry Wingo would have been a pretty good father - if he hadn't been such a violent man.

User Review

The Prince of Tides is my all time favorite movie!


The Prince of Tides is an exceptional movie! It is filled with emotion, humor, adventure, and pathos. Nick Nolte is the heart of the film. He is a broken man, covering up for the past, trying to please his family, but unable to open up and absolve himself of the dysfunction of his past life. He travels to New York to try to help his sister by uncovering what he has been hiding, with the help of a psychiatrist (Barbra Streisand). He is enchanted with her, and is therefore able to open up and reveal the secrets deep within his heart. The emotions that Nick is able to impart to his audience is a joy to see. I learn more about him every time I view this movie. He is a versatile actor and is truly underrated. He DEFINITELY deserved the Oscar for best actor for this difficult role. Barbra Streisand was fantastic as the psychiatrist who had her own secrets, and her son Jason was terrific as the rebellious son who wanted to please his father, but who needed to find himself by taking on the challenge of playing football. I never tire of this movie, and each time I view it, I get more out of it. The "Prince of Tides" has everything I want in a movie, and if I were to rate it, I would give it 4 stars.


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