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The Perfect Storm (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 30 June 2000 (USA)
An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger.



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In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure. Written by Erwin van Moll <max404@hotmail.com>

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storm | fish | fishing | sea | death | See All (104) »


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Rated PG-13 for language and scenes of peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una tormenta perfecta  »

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$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,325,042 (USA) (30 June 2000)


$182,618,434 (USA) (8 December 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film's beginning, the Andrea Gail is shown offloading an unimpressive catch and Billy Tyne is depicted as having "lost his touch." In reality Tyne and his crew returned from that trip with an abundant catch. Likewise, the relationship between Tyne and Linda Greenlaw was fictitious. Tyne and Greenlaw were barely acquainted in real life. See more »


After the ship has been bashed by the rogue wave, the crew is forced to replace the windows on the starboard side of the bridge with either plywood, or some other form of sheeting. A crew member is picked up by the wind underneath the covering and tossed overboard. Wires are very visible when the man is airborne. See more »


Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell: Good Afternoon, Madam. I'm Sgt Jeremy Mitchell, and I'll be your pararescue jumper today. How are you doing?
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A roller coaster ride on water
2 July 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was struck by the documentary quality of this film, and couldn't help but look back to an earlier Peterson film, Das Boot, where we got up close and intimate with all the crew of the submarine--where they slept, went to the washroom, their soaking wet clothes, the damp, the stink of unwashed clothes, the claustrophobia on board. I had absolutely no trouble believing that Mark Wahlberg and Clooney were fishermen, trying to earn a hardscrabble living against a tough and unforgiving sea. The movie even starts slowly, giving the viewers insights into their lives at home, why they fish, and why they make the decisions later on in the movie. Then the film starts to slowly build the tension as the storm builds in strength. The special effects were absolutely believable, and Peterson piles on the tension even while breaking it up by adding a parallel rescue at the same time as the Andrea Gail begins to run into trouble. An excellent summer thriller that is a real roller coaster ride--literally and figuratively--on water.

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