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Baltic Storm (2003)

A journalist from Berlin, Germany, and a Swedish lawyer discover the truth behind the sinking of the "MS Estonia" in 1994, where more than 850 people drowned.

Director:

Reuben Leder

Writers:

Reuben Leder, Jutta Rabe (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... Julia Reuter
Jürgen Prochnow ... Erik Westermark
Donald Sutherland ... Lou Aldryn
Dieter Laser ... Gehrig
Jürgen Schornagel ... Jan Peters
Barbara Schöne ... Ingrid Peters
Rein Oja Rein Oja ... Captain Arvo Kallas
Herb Andress ... Juri Roos
Birgit Stein Birgit Stein ... Tiina Ronk
Thure Riefenstein ... Mika Galt
Francis Fulton-Smith ... Markus Dackel (as Francis Fulton Smith)
Jürgen Tarrach ... Gregor Karpatitsch
Andreas Guenther ... Rock Weber
Patrizia Moresco Patrizia Moresco ... Elke Groat
Michael Schreiner Michael Schreiner ... Dr. Sergei Raspoff
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During the night of 27th to 28th September 1994, the Swedish-Estonian ferry ESTONIA sank in the middle of the Baltic Sea. 852 people lost their lives, only 145 were saved. Until today this has remained the biggest shipping catastrophe in European waters since the end of World War II. JULIA REUTER, a journalist with a leading German television magazine in Berlin, is trying to get a scoop on military black market arms trafficking from Russia. Her investigations lead her to Tallinn in Estonia, where on the evening of September 27, 1994 she misses the ferry ESTONIA, by mere minutes. One of the vehicles on the ship is a truck loaded with high-tech weapons. ERIK WESTERMARK is a Swedish lawyer, who is coming from a sailing trip along the Estonian coast with his 10-year-old son. They were setting off for the return trip back home to Sweden, aboard the ESTONIA. But the ferry doesn't make her port of call. She sinks in the midst of the cold Baltic Sea. Erik Westermark is among the rescued. The ... Written by TOP STORY Filmproduction GmbH

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From beyond a watery grave, a story of secrets and lies.

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Drama | Thriller

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The underwater footage really is that of the Estonia, taken during one of Jutta Rabe's expeditions in 2001 See more »

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The damage to Erik and Julia's car repairs itself. See more »

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Features Channel 4 News (1982) See more »

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What a let down
15 June 2006 | by sscielzoSee all my reviews

I have to admit, I picked this movie just for the cast, and while Sutherland, Scacchi, and Prochnow were - as usual - great performers, the rest of the movie was such a let down. It feels like it was put together by a team of adolescents with low level scripts, that is, scripts lacking any depth, awful photography and editing, and hilariously lousy score! I can't believe I was able to watch this seemingly long movie until the end... the sad thing is, this could have actually been a great political thriller given the interesting plot. All the potential was there to make it a hit; that is, two main ingredients are there: a great story of national conspiracies, and a great core cast (even though many other actors are pretty much soap opera quality). But maybe I'm missing something; until then it's still not worth more than a 3 in my opinion.


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Release Date:

16 October 2003 (Germany) See more »

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