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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Tempest (1982, Paul Mazursky)

Release LocationsUSA
DirectorPaul Mazursky
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 20 mins
Play ConnectionsThe Tempest (derivative)


This spectacular $13 million movie was filmed variously at Atlantic City, N.J., New York City, Rome, and in Greece. In Atlantic City the abandoned Dunes Casino construction site and the Bally Park Place Hotel served as a part of the Alonzo enterprises empire. At the construction site stuntman Jerry Hewitt successfully took a ninety-foot high fall. The production next moved to Manhattan for location shots in New York's theatre district on 45th street between Broadway and 8th Avenue, at the Convent of the Sacred Heart on 91st Street which served as Alonzo's palatial residence, on the Westside Highway at the World Trade Center, at MacArthur Airport on Long Island, and an apartment on Horatio street in Greenwich Village. The company then moved in August first to Athens, Greece, where it shot at the Athenian port of Piraeus as well as the Plastiras Square of downtown Athens. Then six weeks were spent shooting at Gythion, a region of the southeastern Pelopennese known as the Mani. The cast also spent a week on the yacht, "Bluejacket," before traveling to Rome and "Cinecittà" for work on special effects. Altogether a great odyssey! (Producer's p.r. kit)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

PhillipJohn Cassavetes
Heli PilotAl Cerullo
AlonzoVittorio Gassman
PianistMurray Grand
StuntmanJerry Hewitt
KalibanosRaul Julia
Nightclub MCTheodoros Kavalieros
GuardCamille Lefko
N.Y. Cafe OwnerJohn Marolakos
Terry BloomfieldPaul Mazursky
Betsy BloomfieldBetsy Mazursky
Woody Allen LookalikeBarry Mitchell
Athens Cafe OwnerGeorge Moscaidis
MirandaMolly Ringwald
FreddySam Robards
AntoniaGena Rowlands
ArethaSusan Sarandon
FatherPaul Stewart

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorPaul Mazursky
DirectorIrby Smith
ProducerSteven Bernhardt
ProducerPato Guzman
ProducerPaul Mazursky
ComposerStomu Yamashta
ScreenplayLeon Capetanos
ScreenplayPaul Mazursky
CostumesJennifer Nichols
CostumesFrank Piazza
CostumesVicky Sakovidou
CostumesAlbert Wolsky
ProductionPato Guzman
SetPaul Hefferan

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell