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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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Plot Keywords:

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


The storm is coming. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although not listed in the official Writer's Guild of America information, Bo Goldman received an on-screen-credit for having co-written the script. See more »


The majority of sailboats have a keel, a lead-filled blade that extends from the bottom of the boat to provide straight line tracking and acts as a counterbalance for the wind blowing against the sails. When the "Mistral" takes a wave and rolls 360-degrees, there is no keel visible. See more »


Quentin - The Old Timer: [after hearing the Andrea Gail is headed for the Flemish Cap] The Flemish Cap? Went there once... in '62. Lots of fish...
[pause... hushed]
Quentin - The Old Timer: and lots of weather...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rob Lowe/Eminem (2000) See more »


Yours Forever
(Theme from The Perfect Storm (2000))
Written by James Horner, John Mellencamp and George Green
Produced by John Mellencamp, James Horner and Michael Wanchic
Performed by John Mellencamp
Courtesy of Sony Music
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4 December 2000 | by (la) – See all my reviews

I like films like this. The characters have depth and are interesting or likeable. The whole film has that gritty, gray look to it. There's no generic hero type and the bad guy is the storm. Peterson did a great job with this film. I believe it is his best directorial job. The movie is well cast and my only negative thing is that the great Christopher McDonald was hardly used at all (almost just a cameo). This is a great movie for DVD. Good effects, acting, and music. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it highly.

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