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The Finest Hours (2016)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 29 January 2016 (USA)
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The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

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Craig Gillespie

Writers:

Scott Silver (screenplay), Paul Tamasy (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pine ... Bernie Webber
Casey Affleck ... Ray Sybert
Ben Foster ... Richard Livesey
Eric Bana ... Daniel Cluff
Holliday Grainger ... Miriam Webber
John Ortiz ... Wallace Quirey
Kyle Gallner ... Andy Fitzgerald
John Magaro ... Ervin Maske
Graham McTavish ... Frank Fauteux
Michael Raymond-James ... D.A. Brown
Beau Knapp ... Mel Gouthro
Josh Stewart ... Tchuda Southerland
Abraham Benrubi ... George 'Tiny' Myers
Keiynan Lonsdale ... Eldon Hanan
Rachel Brosnahan ... Bea Hansen
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In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. Written by Walt Disney Studios Publicity

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32 survivors, room for 12. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Even though much of the filming was shot in Chatham during December 2014, imitation snow (biodegradable) was used at various locations including the Chatham Coast Guard station at Chatham Lighthouse. See more »

Goofs

A Chief Petty Officer would be addressed as "Chief", not "Sir". See more »

Quotes

Miriam Webber: I'm not afraid of the water, Bernie. It scares me at night that's all. You know. You can't see what's underneath.
Bernie Webber: Just more water.
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I'll Get You Bye And Bye
Written and Performed by Pete Peterson
Courtesy of Tuff City Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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real life Disney heroes
28 January 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The U.S. Coast Guard has played a role in many movies over the years, but only a few have placed this service branch directly in the heart of the story … most recently The Guardian (2006), which was little more than a cheesy, too-talkative water-based rip-off of Top Gun. Director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, 2007) takes a much different approach as he presents a look at one of the most legendary and heroic real-life rescues in Coast Guard history.

The Oscar-nominated writing team behind The Fighter (2010): Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson have collaborated on the screenplay based on the book from Casey Sherman and Michael J Touglas. It's a worthy tribute (and clearly Disney-influenced) to what is described as the greatest Coast Guard small-boat rescue. It combines a boat-load (sorry) of tension-filled ocean-based sequences with some pretty interesting character-based sub-plots within a Massachusetts community that has become all too familiar with storm-based catastrophes.

Chris Pine stars as Bernie Webber, an awkwardly shy and obsessive rule-follower, who has lived under a cloud of doubt ever since a previous rescue mission failed, resulting in the death of a local fisherman/husband/father. We first meet Bernie as he bungles through a first date with Miriam (Holliday Grainger, a young Gretchen Mol lookalike). The film then jumps ahead to 1952 when they become engaged and Bernie is ordered into a questionable mission by his "not-from-around-here" commanding officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana). See, a huge storm has literally ripped apart not one, but two giant tankers, leaving crew members battling for survival. It should be noted that Bana the Australian, tosses out a laughable southern accent that is a joke within the movie and within the theatre (for different reasons).

Bernie and his crew: Richard Livesay (Ben Foster), Andy Fitzgerald (Kyle Gallner), and Ervin Maske (John Magaro), take off against all odds in a too-small boat against too-big waves in a desperate attempt to rescue the tanker crew that includes brilliant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) and characters played by John Ortiz and Graham McTavish. Affleck excels as what can be termed a quiet leader. Of course, we know how the story ends, but the heroic efforts against a very powerful Mother Nature show-of-force make for compelling movie watching.

The special effects are stout, though not be as spectacular as The Perfect Storm (2010) or In the Heart of the Sea (2015), and it's the human-factor that provides more than enough thrills, excitement, and tension. In fact, the biggest issue I had was that I saw a 3-D version which is an absolute disservice to the film. Most of the story takes place at night and at sea, so the 3-D consequence of dimmed light and muted colors results in a far too dark and dull look to the film. I spent much of the movie sliding the 3-D glasses down my nose in a simple attempt to enjoy a bit more brightness. The recommendation would be to skip the higher-priced (money grabbing) 3-D version and take in the more pleasing "standard" version.

Disney makes feel-good movies. Their target market is not cynics or the overly critical among us. The romance pushes the "corny" meter, but keeps with tradition of other Disney movies based on true stories like The Rookie (2002) and Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005). Keep this in mind you'll likely find this one pretty entertaining. Stick around for the closing credits as a slew of real photographs from the actual 1952 event are displayed, as are photos of the real heroes from that night.


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Language:

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Release Date:

29 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,288,932, 31 January 2016

Gross USA:

$27,569,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,099,090
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