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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 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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Storyline

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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We all live or we all die. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horas contadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Quincy, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,288,932, 31 January 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,550,735, 3 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,265,660, 4 February 2016
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2.39 : 1
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SS Pendleton was a Type T2-SE-A1 tanker, 504 feet long, that was completed in February of 1944 and performed convoy duty between the U.S. and the U.K. In 1948 she was acquired by National Bulk Carriers. The type T2 ships, which were built in a hurry, were known for breaking in half during extremely cold weather. In July of 1951 she ran aground in the Hudson River but was refloated the next day. The damages required extensive welding, as was seen in the film. The cold weather, rough seas, and weak weld led to the ship breaking in half seven months later. All eight hands in the bow of the ship died when the bow sank. Unlike in the film, the ship's cook did not die from hitting his head against the ship, but against the rescue boat. He was one of the last men off the Pendleton, having helped almost all of his fellow crewmates to safety. Both the bow and the stern of the Pentleton. eventually grounded within a few miles of the lighthouse. See more »

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Although there are many cars seen in the snowstorm and although their windshields have been cleared by the wipers, you never see a wiper moving even while people are driving through heavy snow.. See more »

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Richard Livesey: Maybe we take these guys in and come back out.
Bernie Webber: We can't live 'em out here alone. That boat won't last. We all live, or we all die.
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

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Arranged by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
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While it has its heart in the right place, The Finest Hours can't seem to rise above its sappy melodramatic storyline.
7 February 2016 | by trublu215See all my reviews

The Finest Hours tells the harrowing and courageous true story of the most daring rescue mission that the U.S. Coast Guard has, to this day, ever had to accomplish. Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Josh Stewart, the film's cast is stacked to the brim with talent but the director, Craig Guillesspe takes away from their efforts by telling the story in the sappiest of ways. The film starts with Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) on a blind date with his friend as he looks forward to meeting Miriam (Holliday Grainger), the woman he has been talking on the phone with for months on end. It is a sappy way to start the film but that sappiness is soon discarded as soon as we are introduced to the USS Pendelton and its crew. The crew, headed by Casey Affleck's brilliant and film carrying performance as Ray Sybert, is in the midst of a terrible winter storm and they struggle to maintain control of the ship. After being battered by the brutal waves off of Nantucket, the ship is split in two and must stay afloat until help arrives. The film takes its shape during the scenes with the Pendleton and it's crew. Casey Affleck gives a good performance that remains as one of the most interesting of the film coupled with some truly gasp-worthy scenes of suspense and action. This is one thing the film has going for it, it has some truly breath taking action sequences that will leave you clawing at your arm rest and holding your breath. While an abundance of CGI is used, it still feels the way its supposed to. Cold and brutal. While the film is no match for the conditions shown in The Revenant, it still will make you shiver once or twice just looking at the weather these brave souls have to go up against. While these sequences and qualities make The Finest Hours a thoroughly watchable and enjoyable film, unfortunately the film compromises, what could be, white knuckle action and substitute it with a half-assed love story between Bernie and Miriam that borders on annoying after the first hour and equally annoying and poorly done Boston accents. The accents show Pine and Grainger as the biggest culprits. Grainger's performance as Miriam is annoying and wildly unrealistic and Pine is spineless in his rendition of, what many consider, one of the bravest men that ever served in the Coast Guard. Grainger's Miriam serves as more of a nuisance than a help to the film, which is rather disappointing because the role screams for a more able actress to take on the role and another screenwriter to make her character more than just a poorly written female character. It really throws the film for a loop, making it as lopsided as you can get. Despite this, the film moves through its main storyline with tenacity that is hard to match. One sequence in particular features the rescue crew trying to pass over the Nantucket ocean bar, a point in the ocean that features out going and incoming waves crashing against one another. The sequence is harrowing, the pacing of it is brilliant and the sheer intensity is one that the film can't seem to match for the remainder of the film. The film, while it does get your heart pounding, lacks character drama and depth. While we care about the characters, we only care about the actors playing them. If lesser known actors were in these roles, it would be clearer that the film could have used another rewrite and a stronger female character. Overall, The Finest Hours is a decent rescue film that serves its purpose of entertaining you but it does little else in the way of separating it from every other film of its type.


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