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
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Several times, the cook sings the lyrics of the song, Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat. This is from the musical Guys and Dolls, which debuted on Broadway in 1950. This song is about being on a boat to heaven with a gambler aboard who puts everyone in jeopardy because of his sins. The lyrics, in part: "...the people all said sit down, sit down you're rocking the boat, or the devil will drag you under by the sharp lapels of your checkered coat...sit down you're rocking the boat." This song along with another Guys and Dolls tune about horse racing, Fugue for Tinhorns, was a popular tune on the radio at the time of the events of this movie. See more »
When drubbing to the port, Pine' s character is wearing gloves that clearly have U.S.N. printed on them. When they go back to his hands, he is still wearing gloves, but no longer have U.S.N. on them. See more »
What Bernie Webber, Richard Livesey, Andy Fitzgerald and Ervin Maske accomplished on the night of February 18, 1952 is still considered the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Bernie and Miriam were married on the date she planned. And they remained married for 58 years until Bernie's death in 2009 at the age 81. All four Coast Guardsmen were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for their heroic actions.
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For anyone who ever worked at sea this film is impossible to watch
The finest hours is obviously made by talented screenplay writers, actors, editors etc...it is directed professionally no argue there. However for anyone who has ever been more than a day at sea or anyone from a seafaring community this film is impossible to watch. Every single minute contains inaccuracies ranging from minor details like getting the equipment of that time wrong, to outrageously unrealistic mis en scene. This film simply gets it wrong on conditions at sea, groups or individual characters, the language that would have been used, the actions that men would and would not take in heavy weather conditions, group behaviour, ships hierarchy, use of instruments.... It is hard to watch characters perform actions that would get them killed almost instantly in reality and there is a minimum level of realism required to any story. Please get it right next time Disney. 2 points out of 10.
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