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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 strongest force in nature is the will to survive. See more »


Adventure | Drama

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

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Release Date:

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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The ship used in the film is the "Eye of the Wind", originally built in 1911 as a top-sail schooner and refitted in 1975 as a brigantine. She is now rigged as a Brig. It was also used in The Blue Lagoon (1980), Savage Island (1985), and Tai-Pan (1986). See more »


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 »


Chuck: The Albatross wasn't just a ship or a school, it was something that we made, something that's inside of us. That's who you are Skipper, what you gave us you carried us, now let us carry this together. Let us carry this together.
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Written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino), John Marascalco & Tommy Boyce
Performed by Fats Domino
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Excellent movie!
11 December 2005 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

This movie for me is incredible! Since I like Sea and sailing boats a lot this movie is just right movie for me (like Master And Commander with Russel Crowe)and I believe for many others who likes Sea and sailing. This movie presents happy and sad story at the same time. I am delighted with characters of boys and others, with they relationship and killing the dolphin was something terrible. Everyone of boys has own big problems and we can describe that on the way what Chuck said: "Some of us are here for discipline, some for escape. And the rest don't even know why. I'm not sure where I fit in, but I can see a small piece of myself in each of them. I think I'll have friends here, and I hope this will be home." Very beautiful what he said, right? Ohh yes, and sound effects in movie are excellent in my opinion. I was enjoying the movie with great pleasure!

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