The Prince of Tides (1991)

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Starring: Nick Nolte, Barbra Streisand, Kate Nelligan, Blythe Danner, George Carlin, Jason Gould

Director: Barbra Streisand

Summary: A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister’s psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process

Other Nominations: Actor (Nolte), Supporting Actress (Nelligan), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Art Direction, Cinematography

The main attraction here is Nolte’s performance. He has a lot of charisma, is good at playing a character who is realistically trying to hide and bottle up his emotions, and he is the single thing that ties the whole film together. Note actually won the Golden Globe for Best Actor (Drama) over Anthony Hopkins, and I don’t think it was an unreasonable choice, mainly due to him carrying the film and Hopkins simply not being in Silence of the Lambs much screen-time wise. I also like the score, which fits this type of movie well.

Everything else is just alright. The screenplay works, but it has some clunky elements that felt out of place and characters started liking each other quicker than they probably should have realistically. Also, Carlin’s character is a totally disposable, extremely broad gay stereotype that hasn’t aged well over the years (again, this was not a great year for Best Pictures and the LGBT community, due to this film (but in a pretty minor way overall), as well as JFK and Silence of the Lambs. Overall, Nolte is able to elevate this movie from what would otherwise be a totally average to mediocre romance film.

Rating: C+

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