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

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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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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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The last surviving crew member of CG36-500 was Andy Fitzgerald, who manned the spotlight during the rescue. He passed away in Aurora, Colorado in November, 2018 at the age of 87. In 2014 he visited the set at the former Fore River Shipyard to watch some of the filming. Apparently having had enough of such daring rescues, he moved to Colorado not long after the events of this film. See more »

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Once the bow of the Pendleton split from the stern, the lights in this section should have gone out instantly. In the film they remain on until the bow sinks. See more »

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John Stello: The old man don't know what he is doing. He sends you out to die. You can't make it over Chatham bar on a day like this. You can't stay afloat with half a ship neither.
Bernie Webber: Well, Mr. Stello, in the Coast Guard to say you gotta go out. But they don't say you gotta come back in. That's regulation, you know.
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Haul Away Joe
Arranged by Jason Boland, Vinny May (as Vincent May), Mark Prendergast, Stephen Garrigan
Performed by Kodaline
Courtesy of B-Unique Records (UK) Limited
Under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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The Most Daring Rescue of a Crew with a Small Rescue Boat
5 June 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1950, in Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the US Coast Guard station in Chatham receives a distress signal from the oil tankers SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer. Commander Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) assigns the crew formed by Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), Richard Livesey (Ben Foster), Andy Fitzgerald (Kyle Gallner) and Ervin Maske (John Magaro) to rescue the crew of the SS Pendleton in a small enclosed lifeboat. Cluff is warned about the intensity of the storm by Bernie and also by his girlfriend Miriam (Holliday Grainger) but he keeps the order. Meanwhile the SS Pendleton has broken and lost his forward part and his skilled and experienced engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) assumes the command of the survivors. He uses his abilities to steer the stern in a safer position, grounding it on an unstable bank of sand to avoid sinking.

"The Finest Hours" is based on the most daring rescue of a crew in a blizzard with a small enclosed lifeboat-rescue boat. The heroic work of the US Coast Guard crew is impressive, saving thirty-two survivors from the SS Pendleton. The ability of the engineer Ray Sybert is also praiseworthy. The film is technically impressive with breathtaking action scenes of the rescue operation. The romance is silly and only completes the running time. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Horas Decisivas" ("Decisive Hours")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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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

Gross USA:

$27,569,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,099,090
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2.39 : 1
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