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Laramie Movie Scope:
The Prince of Tides

Another Streisand vehicle

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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January 22, 1992 -- ``Prince of Tides'' and ``Freejack'' are two flashy films, the first features flashy performances and the second, flashy special effects.

``Prince'' is a Barbara Streisand film, she directed and produced the movie and some critics find fault with that, saying she shows herself off too much. The fact is, Streisand is very talented in a number of fields, including acting and directing, as she proved in ``Yentl,'' so why begrudge her a chance to showcase that marvelous talent?

As it turns out, this film really belongs to Nick Nolte, who turns in a sparkling performance as a man who has failed to come to grips with his past. His marriage is on the rocks, he is out of work and he is being tortured by demons from his past. Streisand, who plays a New York psychiatrist, helps to heal him.

There are good performances throughout this film, including those by Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan and Jason Gould, son of Elliot, but none are better than Nolte's. While the emotional roller coaster ride in the film is disconcerting at times, Nolte remains steady throughout, the rudder that keeps the movie on course. He's a real pleasure to watch and is also one of Hollywood's more underappreciated actors. Perhaps he'll get an academy award nomination from this or from his great performance in ``Cape Fear.''

The musical score of the film is somewhat overbearing, but most other production values, such as editing, script-writing and direction are above average. The film rates a B.

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