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White Squall (1996)

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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 | squall | 1960s | 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)  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,300,000 (USA)
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Scott Wolf was 29 when he played a 15-year-old boy. See more »

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During the sinking of the schooner the radio in the background is describing the final moments before the launching of Freedom 7, the spacecraft carrying Shepard - on May 5, 1961. However, the schooner sank three days previously on May 2, 1961, and the survivors were rescued on May 3. See more »

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Chuck: Today the adventure begins... Today I leave the path that he had chosen for me and instead take my own.
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Not one of Ridley Scott's best, but it deserved better
17 January 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

With masterpieces like Alien, Blade Runner and the underrated, but superb, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, I am quite a big Ridley Scott fan. White Squall is something of a let down in comparison, but it certainly deserved more than a measly $10 million US gross at the box office. As you would expect from a Scott film it boasts his trademark lavish production quality and stunning photography. The sequences at sea at some of the most spectacular ever filmed as Scott revels in the rolling waves and lurching ship, convey the ferociousness at sea, even in fairly calm conditions like no other film I can recall. The story however is less successful and is essentially (and unusually unoriginal for a Scott movie) a Dead Poets' Society at sea, as a motley crew of young boys, played by a talented and convincing set youngsters, do a lot of growing during the course of the voyage under the watchful eye of an Ahab-esque but eventually sympathetic Jeff Bridges. The final scene most definitely resembles that of Dead Poets' Society. (Captain. My Captain). However the film as a whole never bores and makes for compulsive viewing at times particularly the superb storm of the title, that is both moving as well technical tour de force.


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