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Morning Light (2008)

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Fifteen young sailors... six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the ... See full summary »

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Mark Monroe

Writers:

Leslie DeMeuse (conceived by), Roy Edward Disney (conceived by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Branning Chris Branning ... Himself
Graham Brant-Zawadzki Graham Brant-Zawadzki ... Himself
Chris Clark Chris Clark ... Himself
Roy Edward Disney ... Himself
Charlie Enright Charlie Enright ... Himself
Jesse Fielding Jesse Fielding ... Himself
Robbie Kane Robbie Kane ... Himself
Steve Manson Steve Manson ... Himself
Chris Schubert Chris Schubert ... Himself
Kate Theisen Kate Theisen ... Herself
Mark Towill Mark Towill ... Himself
Genny Tulloch Genny Tulloch ... Herself
Pieter van Os Pieter van Os ... Himself
Patrick Warburton ... Opening Sequence Narrator (voice)
Chris Welch Chris Welch ... Himself
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Fifteen young sailors... six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life's first great adventure. Racing a high-performance 52-foot sloop in the TRANSPAC, the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions, the crew of "Morning Light" matches wits and skills in a dramatic 2300 mile showdown against top professionals. From their earliest training sessions in Hawaii conducted by world-class teachers through their test of endurance on the high seas, they form an unbreakable bond in the process of becoming a singular team that is greater than the sum of its parts. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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yachting | See All (1) »

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A 2500 mile journey that will change the course of their lives forever.

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Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hív az óceán - Verseny szárazon és vizen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,295, 17 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,093, 23 November 2008
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Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Follows Morning Light: Making the Cut (2008) See more »

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In The Waiting Line
Written by Sophie Alexandra, Jessica Barker, Henry Binns, Sam Hardaker
Performed by Zero 7
Licensed courtesy of Quango/Palm Pictures LLC. By arrangement with Universal Music Corp. on behalf of Universal/MCA Music Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Publ.,
Inc. on behalf of Universal Music Publ. Ltd.
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Remarkable Movie
19 December 2009 | by zalaramSee all my reviews

This movie is not for everybody, clearly, as judging from the previous comment! Let's start out by first mentioning that this movie is a sailing movie first and fore most, and it is a documentary. Those of you looking for Real Worldesque drama look elsewhere. Those of you looking for a well made documentary that captures the essence of a sport, look no further than Morning Light.

The movie tells the tale of a contest set up by the late Roy Disney. Disney is a life long sailor, and having devoted his life to the sport of sailing, as well as bringing sailing to the youth, he came up with a way to bring a rich mans sport to the future of the sport, young college sailors. Roy Disney's ambitious goal is played out beautifully throughout the movie, and with the Walt Disney $$$ backing it, they have successfully made one of the best looking documentary's ever. Really the camera work was fairly remarkable. Non-sailors will not be able to understand the total lack of space aboard a Transpac vessel, and the shots that those camera workers got were remarkable.

The greatest testimony I can give for this movie was when we showed it at the Yacht Club that I work at. We had a rainy day and were running out of ideas to keep the children at bay, but had this movie unopened in the office. The kids were really taken by it, and they learned that all the skills they were honing on the water in smaller boats can be translated directly to the larger ocean vessels. While sailing has for the most part been left to the "rich white men" (as the previous commenter put it) the sport has understood that and has made an elaborate effort to bring sailing to everyone. As the director at the largest sailing school in the midwest, I must say that movies like this are exactly what the sport needs. With gas prices at record highs and only going up, why wouldn't sailing be a popular sport in the future? Hopefully documentary's like Morning Light will continue to be made even after Roy Disney's passing. Rest in Peace sir!


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