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Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.

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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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ship | sailing | sail | squall | storm | See more »

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The strongest force in nature is the will to survive. 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)

Gross:

$10,300,000 (USA)
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The Danish school girls in the movie were meant to be French school girls in the original script. This change came about as a casting director who searched for French-speaking and -looking actresses met Danish actress Camilla Overbye Roos. The casting director wanted to cast her but she could not speak French. Overbye-Roos then suggested changing the French girls to Danish girls. The casting director asked her to find suitable Danish girls (which were found by contacting Danish exchange students and au-pair girls in America). Photos and screen test of the girls that were found were then sent to director Ridley Scott who approved the change. See more »

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In the scene where the Albatross comes across the Cuban Military Patrol Ship, electronics on the Cuban ship, most notably the Radar System, weren't available in the configuration seen in the early 1960s. See more »

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Chuck Gieg: In the end it just comes down to one thing... You can't run from the wind, You face the music, You trim your sails and keep going.
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IN THE MOOD
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the weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed...
15 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I would say that "White Squall" deserves more credit than it got when it was released. Portraying several young men and their captain (Jeff Bridges) going sailing and encountering a devastating storm, the movie really holds you. Never getting preachy about friendship and never turning into a silly action flick, it's a movie that knows how to tell a story. Another good addition to Ridley Scott's filmography. And that one scene with the Dutch school girl...hubba hubba! On another note, this movie was my introduction to Ryan Phillippe, who plays one of the young men (although his name didn't enter my vocabulary until I saw "I Know What You Did Last Summer"). Also starring are John Savage, Jeremy Sisto (Billy on "Six Feet Under"), Ethan Embry and Zeljko Ivanek. Certainly worth seeing.

I have to admit, I would never want to go sailing. Too many bad things seem to happen.


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