Tempest (1982 film)

Tempest is a 1982 American south seas adventure comedy-drama romance 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]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Mazursky
Produced byPaul Mazursky
Steven Bernhardt
Pato Guzman
Screenplay byLeon Capetanos
Paul Mazursky
Based onthe play The Tempest
by Wm. Shakespeare
Music byStomu Yamashta
CinematographyDonald McAlpine
Edited byDonn Cambern
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 13, 1982 (1982-08-13) (United States)
Running time
142 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$13 million
Box office$5,005,245[1]


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 responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rotten rating of 55% from 11 reviews.[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] Roger Ebert gave it zero stars, writing: "The movie is an ambitious experiment, but a long and tedious one, and our revels end long before Mazursky's."

Box officeEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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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