Plot & Details
William Shakespeare's last completed play The Tempest was pared down to 90 minutes for this full-color TV adaptation. Maurice Evans stars as Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, who was usurped by his brother Antonio (William H. Bassett) and exiled to an enchanted island. Living in seclusion with his daughter Miranda (Lee Remick), the beneficent sprite Ariel (Roddy McDowell) and the hideous monstrosity Caliban (Richard Burton), Prospero, utilizing his magical powers, creates a tempest that brings his old enemies to the island. When Miranda, who has never seen a man before, falls in love with Prince Ferdinand (Ronald Radd), Prospero suppresses his thirst for vengeance. Meanwhile, comic relief is provided by Trinculo (Tom Poston) and Sebastian (Paul Ballyntine), who try to harness Caliban's dark powers for their own benefit. Adapted by John Edward Friend, The Tempest was originally telecast February 3, 1960, as a Hallmark Hall of Fame videotaped presentation.