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Tempest, The

Synopsis
Feature film version of The Tempest with Helen Mirren as Prospera.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2009
Duration
110 mins; 9,895 feet

Credits

Director
Julie Taymor
Producer
Jason K. Lau; Julia Taylor-Stanley; Julie Taymor; Lynn Hendee; Robert Chartoff
Cinematographer
Stuart Dryburgh
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Julie Taymor
Music
Elliot Goldenthal
Production Design
Mark Friedberg
Costume
Sandy Powell
Art Direction
Alex DiGerlando; Kim Jennings
Cast
Helen MirrenProspera (Prospero)
Felicity JonesMiranda
Ben WhishawAriel
Djimon HounsouCaliban
Reeve CarneyFerdinand
Alan CummingSebastian
Alfred MolinaStephano
Chris CooperAntonio
David StrathairnAlonso
Jude AkuwudikeBoatswain
Kevin CannonQueen’s councillor
Russell BrandTrinculo
Tom ContiGonzalo

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Gender reversal

Notes

Notes
Estimated budget: $20,000,000.
Released on DVD by Buena Vista Home Entertainment 2011.
General
Filmed in Hawaii.
Figures
Opening weekend $42,436 (Box Office Mojo)
Reviews
Micheal Atkinson, Sight & Sound, (vol.1:3, March 2011) p. 75. A wholly negative review - "...Taymor’s strategy is simple: take on ‘classic’ material, rely on arbitrary ‘alternatives’, visual and otherwise, and then hope the old texts will carry the day..."

Production Company

Name

Artemis Films

Name

Miranda Films

Name

TalkStory Productions

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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