Morning Light (2008)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  12 March 2009 (Australia)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 290 users   Metascore: 51/100
Reviews: 6 user | 28 critic | 14 from

Fifteen young sailors... six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the ... See full summary »



(conceived by), (conceived by), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wind I (1992)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Will Parker, played by Matthew Modine, loses the Americas Cup, the worlds biggest sailing prize, to the Australians and decides to form his own syndicate to win it back.

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Matthew Modine, Jennifer Grey, Cliff Robertson
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but are gradually getting bored with each other and this way of life. Joan accepts an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.

Directors: Gregory V. Sherman, Jeff Sherman
Stars: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Roy Edward Disney
Deep Water (2006)
Documentary | History | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin
Surfwise (2007)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Doug Pray explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz.

Director: Doug Pray
Stars: Juliette Paskowitz, David Paskowitz, Jonathan Paskowitz
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.

Director: Don Hahn
Stars: Roy Edward Disney, John Lasseter, Michael Eisner
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the early years of the 20th Century, two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale) stumble upon a German plot to invade the east coast of England in a flotilla of ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Maylam
Stars: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Simon MacCorkindale
Sacred Planet (2004)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This IMAX film shows exotic places that still exist and gives new insights into the Earth's diverse landscapes, peoples and animals. From the last remaining old growth forests of British ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Long
Stars: Robert Redford, Arapata McKay, Tsaan Ciqae
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A colorful portrait of Miami's pot smuggling scene of the 1970s, populated with redneck pirates, a ganja-smoking church, and the longest serving marijuana prisoner in American history.

Director: Billy Corben
Stars: Robert Platshorn
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An FBI agent while unveiling a series of international conspiracy is embroiled in a set of political intrigue.

Director: Adam Kane
Stars: James Van Der Beek, Wendy Crewson, John Heard
Roving Mars (2006)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A pair of uncrewed vehicles transmit images from Mars.

Director: George Butler
Stars: Paul Newman, Steve Squyres, Rob Manning
Finding Mercy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

At the age of eight, filmmaker Robyn Paterson greeted Comrade Robert Mugabe with flowers as he stepped from a plane at an air force base in Zimbabwe. She and her best friend, Mercy, were ... See full summary »

Director: Robyn Paterson
Stars: Robyn Paterson


Credited cast:
Chris Branning ...
Graham Brant-Zawadzki ...
Chris Clark ...
Charlie Enright ...
Jesse Fielding ...
Robbie Kane ...
Steve Manson ...
Chris Schubert ...
Kate Theisen ...
Mark Towill ...
Genny Tulloch ...
Pieter van Os ...
Opening Sequence Narrator (voice)
Chris Welch ...


Fifteen young sailors... six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life's first great adventure. Racing a high-performance 52-foot sloop in the TRANSPAC, the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions, the crew of "Morning Light" matches wits and skills in a dramatic 2300 mile showdown against top professionals. From their earliest training sessions in Hawaii conducted by world-class teachers through their test of endurance on the high seas, they form an unbreakable bond in the process of becoming a singular team that is greater than the sum of its parts. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

yachting | See All (1) »


A 2500 mile journey that will change the course of their lives forever.


Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

12 March 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Hív az óceán - Verseny szárazon és vizen  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$129,295 (USA) (17 October 2008)


$275,093 (USA) (21 November 2008)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Follows Morning Light: Making the Cut (2008) See more »


Long Time Coming
Written and Performed by Steve Manson, Robbie Kane, Jesse Fielding
String Arrangement by Terry Wilson
Produced by Paul Crowder
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Remarkable Movie
19 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is not for everybody, clearly, as judging from the previous comment! Let's start out by first mentioning that this movie is a sailing movie first and fore most, and it is a documentary. Those of you looking for Real Worldesque drama look elsewhere. Those of you looking for a well made documentary that captures the essence of a sport, look no further than Morning Light.

The movie tells the tale of a contest set up by the late Roy Disney. Disney is a life long sailor, and having devoted his life to the sport of sailing, as well as bringing sailing to the youth, he came up with a way to bring a rich mans sport to the future of the sport, young college sailors. Roy Disney's ambitious goal is played out beautifully throughout the movie, and with the Walt Disney $$$ backing it, they have successfully made one of the best looking documentary's ever. Really the camera work was fairly remarkable. Non-sailors will not be able to understand the total lack of space aboard a Transpac vessel, and the shots that those camera workers got were remarkable.

The greatest testimony I can give for this movie was when we showed it at the Yacht Club that I work at. We had a rainy day and were running out of ideas to keep the children at bay, but had this movie unopened in the office. The kids were really taken by it, and they learned that all the skills they were honing on the water in smaller boats can be translated directly to the larger ocean vessels. While sailing has for the most part been left to the "rich white men" (as the previous commenter put it) the sport has understood that and has made an elaborate effort to bring sailing to everyone. As the director at the largest sailing school in the midwest, I must say that movies like this are exactly what the sport needs. With gas prices at record highs and only going up, why wouldn't sailing be a popular sport in the future? Hopefully documentary's like Morning Light will continue to be made even after Roy Disney's passing. Rest in Peace sir!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This looks so good! mackatwater
Limited Release efrisvold
Check it out on facebook droop
It's Out! droop
Discuss Morning Light (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: