White Squall (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  2 February 1996 (USA)
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Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
McCrea, Albatross Crewman / English Teacher
Francis Beaumont
Girard Pascal, Albatross Cook (as Julio Mechoso)
Coast Guard Capt. Sanders
Jordan Clarke ...


A true story about a group of American teenage boys who crew a school sailing ship to gain experience, discipline, or whatever their parents feel they lack. The voyage is a true adventure for them all but it has its downs as well as ups. Written by Rob Hartill

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The Adventure Of a Lifetime Turns Into the Ultimate Challenge of Survival! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and a traumatic shipwreck | See all certifications »

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2 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

White Squall - Reißende Strömung  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)


$10,300,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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On the same day that production on his film "Hot Zone" was cancelled, Ridley Scott was given a copy of this film's script. Ninety minutes later, he announced that he would direct it. See more »


In the scene when the boys are discussing the hearing Etham Embry's character says the ship went over because she was gybed. The term 'gybe' would never have been used on the 'Albatross' as you only gybe dinghies or yachts. On a square-rigger you would wear ship. See more »


Tracy Lapchick: Well, if it ain't Howard Hughes come to take me home!
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Written by Joe Garland
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Dramatic come of age story by Ridley Scott
17 July 2003 | by (holland) – See all my reviews

White Squall

A group of boys joins a sailing vessel to finish their last year of High school on board of the Albatross. They have to learn to work together and act as a team, which at first, is not as easy as it may seem. As time goes by they really become one group and get very close.

This plot may not be to original, and could be stereotyped as cliche. However, as the story unfolds, it still stays fun too watch and jeff bridges as the bold sailor, hard but fair, trying to make men out of different kind of boys, each one coping with his own problems, keeps you interested.

Though (for some people too) dramatic, me and my girlfriend really enjoyed this movie. I can imagine some people having difficulties with the dosis of emotion in this pic. It didn't bother me, i like it when it's well proportioned and not too cliche, except for maybe the final scene, in my eyes White Squall lives up to this.

I think this is an enjoyable movie, when you're just lying back on the couch relaxing and let it flow over you. No difficult story, but it has great shots and pretty good acting and most of the characters are reasonably developed.

7,5 (for making us cry)

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