Just when US Coast Guard captain Miller takes his teenage son Alex to his lightship off the coast of Virginia, Calvin Caspary and two criminal accomplices, on the run for the police, decide to hijack it. What the crazy trio didn't count on is that this small crew doesn't just keep taking it lying low, they will put up a fight. Alex hides dad's gun and wrestles his his war past and courage. Written by
The guiding light in a sea of treachery.
Did You Know?
"The roles of the hijacker Caspary [Robert Duvall
] and the Coast Guard Captain Miller [Klaus Maria Brandauer
] had to be switched before shooting began", according to show-business trade paper 'Variety', meaning that lead actors Robert Duvall
and Klaus Maria Brandauer
swapped parts. As such, Duvall and Brandauer were originally cast as being the captain and hijacker respectively but changed to each other's characters. See more
My old man was a captain in the Coast Guard. We never saw too much of each other. Most of the time he was away at sea. But this time I was lucky. He made it to my graduation.
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