The Prince of Tides


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)

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)

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


Gross: $74,787,599

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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


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


Tom Wingo:
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.