Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Mazursky
Screenplay byLeon Capetanos
Paul Mazursky
Based onthe play The Tempest
by Wm. Shakespeare
Produced byPaul Mazursky
Steven Bernhardt
Pato Guzman
CinematographyDonald McAlpine
Edited byDonn Cambern
Music byStomu Yamashta
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]

Tempest is a 1982 American 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]


Phillip Dimitrius is a middle-aged N.Y.C architect who is going through a difficult mid-life crisis.

After learning that his wife Antonia has been having an affair with his boss, Alonzo, Phillip leaves New York City and travels to Greece with his teenage daughter, Miranda. In Athens, he meets Aretha Tomalin, a singer, and they become lovers. To escape Alonzo and his wife, who also come to Greece, they move to a remote Greek island. Phillip takes a vow of celibacy after they move to the island.

On the island, they encounter Kalibanos, an eccentric hermit, who was previously its only resident.

Phillip finally seems happy, until one day Alonzo, Antonia and others are spotted in a boat approaching the island. A storm, apparently called up by Phillip, shipwrecks the boat and the passengers land on the island. Phillip and Antonia reconcile, and they leave the island together with Miranda.



The picture was filmed on location, including: Alypa Beach[4] on the Mani Peninsula of the Peloponnesus; 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 contains multiple scenes in which the World Trade Center is visible, including a flyover of New York City near the end of the film when Philip, Antonia and Miranda travel back to New York. The aerial footage is accompanied by the song Manhattan, sung by Dinah Washington.


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

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rotten rating of 55% from 11 reviews.[5] 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."[6] 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."[7]

Box office

The film was a box office flop.




See also


  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. ^ "Alypa". TWIN NET Information Systems Ltd. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  5. ^ "Tempest".
  6. ^ Canby, Vincent. The New York Times film review, August 13, 1982.
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Tempest". Roger-Ebert.com. Retrieved 20 July 2021.