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All Is Lost (2013)

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After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Director:

J.C. Chandor

Writer:

J.C. Chandor
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Robert Redford ... Our Man
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Storyline

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face. Written by Roadside Attractions

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Never Give Up


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2013 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

All Is Lost See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahamas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,583, 18 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,263,670

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,627,519
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed almost entirely without recorded live sound, local sounds of water and wind were sampled for reference at the end of each daily shoot. See more »

Goofs

When the container is embedded in the side of the yacht at the start of the film, our man deploys a sea anchor to drag the container away. As the container and the sea anchor are being moved by the same ocean, the sea anchor would just sink and not exert any useful force on the container. See more »

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Title Card: 1700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits.
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Crazy Credits

According to the credits "All is Lost was shot on three 1978 Cal 39 sailboats purchased from their owners in Southern California. These three boats generously gave themselves up for art: Tahoe, Tenacious, and Orion. They took their final sails in the Pacific Ocean and performed beautifully in the film as Our Mans's boat, the Virginia Jean. Rest in peace." See more »

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Featured in Film '72: Episode dated 11 December 2013 (2013) See more »

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Amen
Performed by Alex Ebert
Produced by Alex Ebert
Engineered and mixed by Alex Ebert and Matt Linesch
Courtesy of Community Music & Caravan Touchdown (ASCAP)
Administered by BMG Chrysalis
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The triumph of human spirit
31 December 2013 | by cinematic_aficionadoSee all my reviews

Ocean sailing that went sour. Man wakes up in the middle of absolute oceanic nowhere to find he had collided with a container, causing damage to his boat as well as rendering communications totally ineffective.

The film is made as a series of events aiming for this man to fail. Once restoration and improvement of conditions is achieved, a setback occurs. He is exposed, unprotected and threatened once again. Death is constantly around the corner.

The sequences are very realistic, accurately depicting the inherent risk of sea adventure. The calm is followed by a storm which is succeeded by another calm.

The success of this film lies in the fact that it is held well together, despite the complete absence of dialogue and this why only an actor of the stature of Robert Redford could pull this off and is in terrific shape despite his 77 years.

Ultimately, it is a tale of triumph of the human spirit that will not yield in the face of adversity and will fight to the very end to survive.


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