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All Is Lost (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  7 November 2013 (Greece)
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After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.



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Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face. Written by Roadside Attractions

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 2013 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

All Is Lost  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$93,583 (USA) (18 October 2013)


$6,262,942 (USA) (21 February 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed almost entirely without recorded live sound, local sounds of water and wind were sampled for reference at the end of each daily shoot. See more »


When "our man" leaps aboard the inflatable life raft during the tempest, he neglects to untie the tether to the sinking sailboat and proceeds to ride out the storm before falling asleep. He awoke the next morning to find the boat still afloat and tether intact. The boat ends up protesting its own buoyancy minutes later after he decides to re-board and fetch more supplies, but could certainly have sunk hours sooner.

Although the part for "our man" was written to present the character as errant in certain scenes, no seasoned sailor would have made this mistake. See more »


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Title Card: 1700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits.
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Locations Generously Provided By: Baja Studios, Playas De Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, The Pacific Ocean, The Atlantic Ocean. See more »


Featured in The Filmmaker: JC Chandor (2014) See more »


Performed by Alex Ebert
Produced by Alex Ebert
Engineered and mixed by Alex Ebert and Matt Linesch
Courtesy of Community Music & Caravan Touchdown (ASCAP)
Administered by BMG Chrysalis
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Straight down the middle wonderful
18 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

At least one of the reviewers went into a long list of the sailor's failings. He missed the point (and he forgot to mention the use of a mirror, one of the most important survival items!) It would be like criticising Hamlet for not going to psychotherapy!

The strength of this film is that it neither focuses on the perfect sailor nor does it attempt to be epic. There is a stark simplicity and realism about this. I sail and I saw it with a group of six sailing friends. We were all impressed. We saw a few goofs in the film (which we simply forgave) and many sailing mistakes in the fictionary sailor (which we simply understood) ... but that made him and the story all the more real.

I'm not sure how this film will appeal to the non-sailor, maybe too much water, but I loved it!

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