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If your tastes in movies are like so many audiences that like movies
that are loaded with sex and violence, you won't like White Squall.
That is the only reason I can think of why this movie failed at the box
office. It is just too truthful and too full of real life experiences.
Young men everywhere can learn from this story.
Really fun to watch now as most of the cast of young boys on the Ship are mega stars now. The story is a true one and I know many young men would love the opportunity to do what they did spending their Senior HS year on a working ship.
The bonds they form are a little cliché but the emotions seem real. Very well cast. Bridges looks his best and Ms. Goodall is believable as his trusted wife.
I did not realize it was a Ridley Scott movie until the second time I watched. The scenery/camera work is amazing, the story is sound and it takes you full circle.
Mystic, Connecticut high school student Scott Wolf (as Charles "Chuck"
Gieg) goes to sea for his 1960-61 senior year. He joins the crew of
"Skipper" Jeff Bridges (as Christopher Sheldon) on the amusingly named
ship "Albatross". While not acknowledged in the script as such, the
name turns out to be a bad omen. Of course, you knew that going in.
There are teachers on board, but the real lesson is adventure on the
high seas. This is where boys become men. They fight, cry and study
together. They bond while smoking, drinking and taking penicillin shots
for venereal disease...
Our narrator and star is Mr. Wolf, who gained popularity as a small screen look-alike for Tom Cruise on the TV series "Party of Five" (1994). Top-billed co-star Mr. Bridges gained his sea legs on his famous father's syndicated series "Sea Hunt" (1958)...
Wolf and the "boys" look more like "male model" college graduates than high school teenagers. They have shaved chests, plucked eyebrows, pouty lips, and perfectly trimmed hair. Wolf is first drawn to boyish Ryan Phillippe (as Gil Martin), who clings to a picture of his dead brother and has a fear of heights. Made obvious for his lateness and snobbery is Jeremy Sisto (as Frank Beaumont). He commits a despicable act due to domineering daddy David Selby (as Francis Beaumont). In a lesser storyline, initially obnoxious Eric Michael Cole (as Dean Preston) goes to the head of the class...
This is based on a true story. Having age appropriate actors play the parts might have made some of the behavior look more inappropriate; herein, they appear trimmed, tempered and tamed. The photography, by Hugh Johnson, is a strength.
****** White Squall (2/2/96) Ridley Scott ~ Scott Wolf, Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Jeremy Sisto
Jeff Bridges is Outstanding in 'White Squall'. He delivers from start
to end. I loved his performance & even as a film, this Ridley Scott
Directed Adventure is superb!
'White Squall' Synopsis: Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.
Based on the fate of the brigantine Albatross, which sank on 2 May 1961, allegedly because of a white squall, Ridley Scott directs this Adventure with remarkable skill. He's a legend at his craft & he proves it once again. The Screenplay is highly efficient.
Jeff Bridges rules this film. He's exemplary in his portrayal. A Versatile, Oscar-Winning Actor, who never fails to mesmerize his fans.
Watch 'White Squall'. Its Really Good!
This is a great film about teenagers learning about themselves and facing a challenge together. It is very interesting that this film avoids the usual clichés of an action movie and develops characters more than just stereotypes. I would describe this film as a drama with a magnificent backdrop of uncontrollable natural events...storms and rough seas. Sort of a parody on some the difficulties that these young men were facing. Ridley Scott directs a film which is unique and pushes back the boundaries of genre as have some of his other films such as ALIEN and GLADIATOR. Both of these films are landmarks in their own way. It's hard to think of a film before ALIEN which had similar qualities. The same with GLADIATOR except perhaps its character development which makes a comparison with KUBRICKS Spartacus. As for homo-eroticism, seeing beautiful young male bodies may subjectively be deemed homo-erotic by some people. Does it really matter? Just enjoy the film on your own level as you would other works of art!!!
As far as cinematography goes this film is definitely a 9, the film
just looks good. The story even though based on true events had some
parts which were exaggerated to the max but overall deserves a 7. The
actors is a mix of good and bad here we have a Scott Wolf who actually
delivers a solid performance compared to his crappy TV persona on
"party of five", Jeff Bridges has nowhere near the intensity for the
role like he did in "Arlington Road" and the movie suffers for it. Most
of the other actors deliver adequate performances except for Jeremy
Sisto who like his character should have been booted off the boat
(before they bothered to put his crappy performance on film). Ridley
has done better work with previous films and I think with what he had
to work with including his talent pool of cast he deserves a solid 8
for this effort...but if u really want to see a great Ridley Scott
movie try one off the list below.
1. Bladerunner (director's cut...i stress director's cut) 2. Legend (yep it's a fantasy film...but then again so was LOTR and Peter Jackson actually credits Ridley for his forest sequences as the inspiration for his vision of Fangorn. ) 3. Black Hawk Down (gritty, powerful war flick) 4. Gladiator (gritty, powerful war and combat flick) 5. Alien (using H.R. Giger's artistic genius is what made this flick's look the creepiest of all the alien-type films)
i have noticed a lot of people have been bagging this movie out, but i
think what everyone needs to remember is that it is a true story, so
you cant say that the plot line is boring, because they are just
portraying what happened, plus it is a really touching story,
especially at the capsizing moment. The actors are incredible, as they
can really make you feel like your back in the 50's/60's. It is a
fantastic movie because it is really gets everyone on the edge of there
seats, also, its a true story! i hope everyone enjoyed it as much as i
-I'm watching you
Since most people seem to post reviews for this movie that are almost
as long and boring as they claim the film is, mine will be quick and
the the point.
I saw this film in the theater during its original release, and I've seen it probably about a dozen times since. This is a great film. The acting is impressive (and proof that Jeff Bridges is one of Hollywood's most underrated actors), and the special effects and cinematography are astounding. Though the story has a moral (why this is such a HUGE thorn in the side of most people is beyond me), and it may be just a bit too long, this is one film not to be missed.
Good movie. If you are in the mood for a truly tragic movie, with one of the all-time most heart-wrenching scenes in cinema, you'll love this movie. I own this movie because of that one scene alone. And the rest of the movie is pretty good too. Some beautiful sailing scenery, etc. I thought this movie should have been more well known.
This film is an interesting showcase for some rising young stars like Scott
Wolf, Ryan Phillippe, and Ethan Embry. The entire cast does a good job, the
scenic settings are beautiful, and the bare-chested young men are used to
full advantage in this cross between Coleridge's "Rhyme of the Ancient
Mariner" and LORD OF THE FLIES.
Some of the plot, however, doesn't make sense unless the viewer recognizes the connections to those two works of literature. For example, if the viewer doesn't catch the allusion to Albatross (the name of the ship) or is not familiar with the Ancient Mariner's story about killing an albatross with an arrow, one of the supposedly more dramatic moments in the film doesn't make much sense other than as a dramatic moment. Despite the fact that the story is based on true experiences of the character played by Wolf, the film comes off a bit too much like DEAD POETS SOCIETY, especially with the mawkish courtroom melodrama.
I enjoyed the scenery and the adventure aspects of the film, but the macho theme of men against the sea seemed forced, especially in the concluding sermony narration.
I'm a fan of both Ridley Scott and Jeff Bridges, but this movie didn't meet their usual standards. I felt zero empathy for the characters, and the story was disjointed. Basically, it was a real let down.
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