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None of the fish in the movie were real, they were all either rubber (dead fish) or animatronic (alive fish). The director, Wolfgang Petersen, is an animal rights supporter.
Mark Wahlberg stayed in Bobby Shatford's room above the Crow's Nest bar and even checked ID's at the door one night.
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.
The storm in the movie was formed by the remnants of Hurricane Grace in late October and early November 1991.
Towards the end of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's emotional speech in the church at Gloucester, her microphone picked up her pounding heartbeat. Director Wolfgang Petersen liked the effect, so it remains audible on the soundtrack.
Three days of exterior shots were filmed on the edge of Hurricane Floyd for the early portions of the storm.
The family members of Billy Tyne and Dale Murphy did not like the movie. In 2000, they sued Time Warner and the other production companies in federal district court in Florida. The district court granted summary judgment to the defendants in 2002. The plaintiffs appealed. In turn, the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit could not make up its mind on how to interpret a key Florida statute. The case was sent or "certified" to the Florida Supreme Court to resolve that limited question.
Legal Sea Foods, a Boston-based restaurant, purchased the Lady Grace, the ship used as the Andrea Gail in the film. For a time, it was in Gloucester, Massachusetts as a floating memorial to fishermen who have lost their lives at sea. It was later sold to a commercial fishing operation, then ravaged by fire. Its current location and disposition are unknown.
Michael Ironside, who plays Bob Brown, the "Andrea Gail"'s owner, was apparently mistaken for the character he plays by one of the town locals.
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.
At the end of the movie, as George Clooney narrates, he mentions, "Blow your air horn and you throw a wave to the lighthouse keeper's kid on Thacher Island." The lighthouse shown during this scene is not on Thacher Island but is in fact The Eastern Point Lighthouse. Thacher Island has the Twin Lighthouses that look nothing like the one depicted in the film.
Nicolas Cage was originally named as the lead to play local fisherman Bobby Shatford but was forced to back out because of other commitments.
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.
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Casting Mark Wahlberg was easy: he comes from Boston and had George Clooney's recommendation. According to Wolfgang Petersen, "It was a handshake and he got the job."
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The ship used to portray the Hannah Bowden is based out of Barnegat, NJ on Long Beach Island and is still in service to this day.
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Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford were considered for the role of Captain Billy Tyne before George Clooney got the part.
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The name on the container ship is "Aeolis," an ancient country in Asia, not "Aeolus," a type of printing font. The font used on the side of the sailing ship Mistral as well as on the life preservers is "Mistral," designed by Roger Excoffon in 1953. The font is also sold as "Aeolus," which is the name of the tanker shown losing cargo in the storm.
George Clooney and John Hawkes previously appeared together in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
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George Clooney references "waving to the lighthouse keeper's kid on Thacher's Island". The Thacher's Island twin lighthouses were automated by the Coast Guard in 1980, meaning nobody resided there in 1991.
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Ben Affleck was originally sought for the role later taken by Mark Wahlberg.
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George Clooney and Michael Ironside previously worked together on the hit TV series ER (1994).
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Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly previously starred together in Boogie Nights (1997).
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Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney both worked on Three Kings (1999). Both movies take place in 1991.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: George Clooney; and five Oscar nominees: Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, John C. Reilly and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
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In 2000, most people had no idea what life in the fishing industry was like. This film changed all that.
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Based on a true story, in which the events that took place actually happened.
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Irene is the only made-up character in the whole movie.
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To fight seasickness, William Fichtner wore a wristband and took Dramamine.
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To create the illusion of being at sea, the crew built the galley set on a rocking platform.
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This is the first of three films for Mark Wahlberg to portray a character with a derivative of the name Robert. The second is Four Brothers (2005), where he portrayed Bobby Mercer; the third is Shooter (2007), in which he portrayed Bob Lee Swagger.
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Writer Sebastian Junger dreamed he was in the wheelhouse with Billy Tyne during a storm. The dream terrified him and helped him write the story.
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When they started filming, an old fisherman said to Wolfgang Petersen, "Get it right." Based on the reviews of real fishermen, Petersen believes they did.
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Water devices used on set: wave machines, water cannons, and 2 huge dump tanks.
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After the traumatic shooting of The Abyss (1989), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio swore she would never do another film involving water. Fortunately all of her scenes were land-based so Wolfgang Petersen was able to persuade her to come onboard.
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George Clooney was actually after another role, but Wolfgang Petersen needed him at the helm.
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William Fichtner plays a producer on Entourage (2004), which Mark Wahlberg executive produced. He also, appropriately, loves sushi.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The real Linda Greenlaw returned to sword fishing in 2008 and was part of the Discovery Channel series "Swords: Life on the Line." In that show, she references the true events of the perfect storm and reminisces about losing her friends on the Andrea Gail.

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