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The Perfect Storm (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  30 June 2000 (USA)
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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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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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Though the Crow's Nest is a real bar in Gloucester, it is not located on the dock as is depicted in the movie. The exterior was simply a facade erected by the filmmakers. See more »


A fishing hook is caught in Murph's hand. When Billy starts to take it out, Murph puts a big wooden spoon in his mouth, with the scooping part to the right. When Billy jerks the hook out, Murph's reaction shot has the scooping part of the spoon to the left. See more »


Linda Greenlaw: [Losing contact with the Andrea Gail, Linda picks up her ship's radio] Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is the Hannah Boden relaying a mayday for the Andrea Gail...
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An intense, real and emotional experience.
27 June 2000 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Heading into this film I did not expect the full on and intense experience that it delivered. I expected brilliant and seamless computer graphics, they were delivered. I expected a fairly personal story about the people involved, that was delivered. I expected some amazing sounds and sights, and I got them.

While I was watching this film, I couldn't help being aware of the fact that the people being tossed around the sea were, at least in part, real and that this movie was based on what they went through. But I also got more... I got to be in the storm and feel my heart quicken a little as the fishing vessel edges up impossibly large waves, and then crashes down to face another.

It is not a pretty film, it portrays very well the harsh environment in which it is set. It is a 'real' film, that doesn't seem to pull any punches.

The photography is excellent and really draws you in, it is fluid and makes you feel close to the action. The acting is very good, it really connects you with the crew of the Andrea Gail and those around them. The computer animation is what you would expect it to be - almost seamless - it delivers huge waves and powerful storm cells.

This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time, and truly removes you from your reality and into the storm.

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