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Against the Sun (2014)

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A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.




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In one of the most harrowing true stories of World War II, three US Navy airmen crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves on a tiny life raft, surrounded by open ocean. No food. No water. No hope of rescue. Against incredible odds, these three virtual strangers must survive storms, sharks, starvation - and each other - as they try to sail more than a thousand miles to safety. Written by The American Film Company

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Rated PG for thematic material involving peril and hardships, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ghosts of the Pacific  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 1 hr) Gene Aldrich manages to shoot an albatross. Afterwards, Harold 'Chief' Dixon says: "I can't believe you've shot an albatross". This is a reference to the poem called 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. In this text of 1834, a crew lost at sea kills an albatross as well. See more »


The fuselage of the plane is marked with the ID number 6-T-14. That designation is also used by the crew during their radio calls. However, the actual number of the lost aircraft was 6-T-6 (aircraft number 6 of Torpedo Squadron 6). See more »


[first lines]
Gene Aldrich: [over the radio] Chief, this is Aldrich. I'm losing her on the ARA.
Tony Pastula: [to himself] Come on, where are you goin'?
Gene Aldrich: [into radio] Chief, I've lost the beacon. Over. Are we close Chief?
Tony Pastula: I'll give him a tap, maybe his com is down.
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True Life Survival at Sea Story
16 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No spoilers. Just general information about the film. This is not the greatest film ever made but compared to a movie that I saw with Robert Redford some time ago -also a survival story at sea it kept my interest. I rented it from Itunes the first ever film I have rented in this way. It also recalled the survival scenes of Mutiny on the Bounty as well (1935). I gave the Redford film two stars and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) four stars. It also recalled THE OLD MAN IN THE SEA in that it had a few brief flashbacks and dream sequences. OLD MAN IN THE SEA is a near classic 3 1/2 stars. It also seemed to recall the OPEN BOAT a story by Stephen Crane. This is a solid workman like film. I give it high marks for historical accuracy. I could not notice any anachronisms in the gear or script. It was, in a very real sense, a tribute to the stoic courage of the "greatest generation." I found the film very well acted and I enjoyed the way they framed it with pictures of the era and the real-life characters. Definitely worth seeing. A good WWII survival film. I would give it 3 to 3 1/2 stars. Definitely above average. Music not overdone. And though it was predictable in some places there were some thrills. I can't understand people who gave this a zero. They could not have seen the film. Very good performances by the actors and solid directing. If you like WWII films you will like this one.

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