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The Perfect Storm (2000)

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An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Sebastian Junger (book), William D. Wittliff (screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Billy Tyne
Mark Wahlberg ... Bobby Shatford
John C. Reilly ... Dale 'Murph' Murphy
Diane Lane ... Christina Cotter
William Fichtner ... David 'Sully' Sullivan
John Hawkes ... Mike 'Bugsy' Moran
Allen Payne ... Alfred Pierre
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Linda Greenlaw
Karen Allen ... Melissa Brown
Cherry Jones ... Edie Bailey
Bob Gunton ... Alexander McAnally III
Christopher McDonald ... Todd Gross
Michael Ironside ... Bob Brown
Rusty Schwimmer ... Irene 'Big Red' Johnson
Janet Wright ... Ethel Shatford
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Storyline

In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure. Written by Erwin van Moll <max404@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

storm | fish | fishing | sea | death | See All (105) »

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There's only love Christina, only love. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and scenes of peril | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una tormenta perfecta See more »

Filming Locations:

Dana Point, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,325,042, 2 July 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$182,618,434

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$328,718,434
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Dolby Digital EX | SDDS (8 channels)| DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Seagulls are visible while the Andrea Gail is fishing at the Flemish Caps. Seagulls are found far at sea in the Atlantic; they can live on and between ships in the area. See more »

Quotes

Todd Gross, TV Meteorologist: [showing Pam the satellite images from his computer screen] Look, look at this. We got Hurricane Grace moving north off the Atlantic seaboard. Huge... getting massive. Two, this low south of Sable Island, ready to explode. Look at this. Three, a fresh cold front swooping down from Canada. But it's caught a ride on the jet stream... and is motoring hell-bent towards the Atlantic. What if Hurricane Grace runs smack into it? Add to the scenario this baby off Sable Island, scrounging for energy. ...
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Yours Forever
(Theme from The Perfect Storm (2000))
Written by James Horner, John Mellencamp and George Green
Produced by John Mellencamp, James Horner and Michael Wanchic
Performed by John Mellencamp
Courtesy of Sony Music
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A stellar cast delivers a stellar performance.
1 January 2001 | by Ace-38See all my reviews

It is inescapable fact that it is very difficult to take real-life events and translate them into an interesting and thrilling movie. Ron Howard perfected the art with "Apollo 13" and now Wolfgang Petersen continues on with "The Perfect Storm".

This story of Gloucester, MA. fishermen who go out for one last try at a big payoff in a slumping season packs quite a wollup once they get caught up in an event that had never before been recorded: the perfect storm. From there, you have to suspend belief just a bit and drink in the events occurring aboard the Andrea Gail. It's not tough, as the cast delivers them perfectly.

George Clooney may have played his signature role as Capt. Billy Tyne, skipper of the ill-fated Andrea Gail on that fateful day in 1991. Clooney comes off as neither overly glamorous, or bigger than life, but as a simple common man just trying to break his fishing slump and bring home a big payday for his boss, his crew, and himself. When George relaxes and puts himself into a role, he is better off, and Capt. Tyne is the pinnacle of that for him.

Mark Wahlberg comes on board as Bobby Shatford, a rookie fisherman who is trying to make a better life for himself and his girlfriend Chris (nicely played by Diane Lane). Bobby is the only character given equal depth to Billy and comes off with the same impression: a good guy who was trying hard to make a better life. Very nicely done here as well.

Supporting cast is good, John C. Reilly as Dale "Murph" Murphy, William Fichtner as David "Sully" Sullivan, a late arrival to the Andrea Gail's crew, Michael Ironside as the profit first Bob Brown. All of these stellar characterizations and serve brilliantly to put you into Gloucester of 1991.

Wolfgang Petersen has created a gripping film, full of chillingly realistic special effects. He skillfully took Sebastian Junger's novel and tweaked it to fit the confines of the motion picture screen. Casting and acting by all involved was perfect and you never once feel like anything is overacted or overly dramatic, just that you are somehow involved with the fear that had to have been involved on that night.

4 1/2 out of 5


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