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White Squall (1996)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama | 2 February 1996 (USA)
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Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sheldon 'Skipper'
... Dr. Alice Sheldon
... McCrea
... Chuck Gieg
... Frank Beaumont
... Gil Martin
... Robert March
... Dean Preston
... Shay Jennings
... Francis Beaumont
... Girard Pascal (as Julio Mechoso)
... Sanders
... Tod Johnstone
... Tracy Lapchick
Jordan Clarke ... Charles Gieg
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A true story about a group of American teenage boys who crew a school sailing ship to gain experience, discipline, or whatever their parents feel they lack. The voyage is a true adventure for them all but it has its downs as well as ups. Written by Rob Hartill

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The strongest force in nature is the will to survive. See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and a traumatic shipwreck | See all certifications »

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2 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

White Squall - Reißende Strömung  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,908,514, 4 February 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,300,000
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2.35 : 1
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The ship used in the film is the "Eye of the Wind", originally built in 1911 as a top-sail schooner and refitted in 1975 as a brigantine. She is now rigged as a Brig. It was also used in The Blue Lagoon (1980), Savage Island (1985), and Tai-Pan (1986). See more »

Goofs

The orange juice is not sloshing in the galley while rest of ship is pitching during the storm that sinks the ship. See more »

Quotes

Captain Christopher Sheldon: If we don't have order, we have nothing. Where we go one, we go all.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Alien: Resurrection (2012) See more »

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Amazing Grace
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composed by John Newton (1779)
Sung at black funeral
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Not one of Ridley Scott's best, but it deserved better
17 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

With masterpieces like Alien, Blade Runner and the underrated, but superb, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, I am quite a big Ridley Scott fan. White Squall is something of a let down in comparison, but it certainly deserved more than a measly $10 million US gross at the box office. As you would expect from a Scott film it boasts his trademark lavish production quality and stunning photography. The sequences at sea at some of the most spectacular ever filmed as Scott revels in the rolling waves and lurching ship, convey the ferociousness at sea, even in fairly calm conditions like no other film I can recall. The story however is less successful and is essentially (and unusually unoriginal for a Scott movie) a Dead Poets' Society at sea, as a motley crew of young boys, played by a talented and convincing set youngsters, do a lot of growing during the course of the voyage under the watchful eye of an Ahab-esque but eventually sympathetic Jeff Bridges. The final scene most definitely resembles that of Dead Poets' Society. (Captain. My Captain). However the film as a whole never bores and makes for compulsive viewing at times particularly the superb storm of the title, that is both moving as well technical tour de force.


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