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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

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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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Filmed mostly in Chatham, Massachusetts. See more »

Goofs

When Miriam goes to the house after her car gets stuck in the snowbank, she switches on a radio that comes on instantly. Radios in those days - because they had tubes - took several seconds to warm up. See more »

Quotes

Bea Hansen: [discouraging worried Miriam from listening in on the marine radio] Does no good listening to all that chatter, Miriam. Better learning to live not knowing.
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Featured in The Saturday Show: Episode #1.17 (2016) See more »

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When He Comes Home To Me
Written by Charles Benson, Paula Watson
Performed by Paula Watson
Courtesy of Tuff City Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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All Life is Precious
30 January 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Now, that's what I call a good film. It may still be January, but The Finest Hours definitely doesn't feel like a film that came out in the midst of Hollywood's dumping ground month. It's directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, and Eric Bana. It tells the story of one of the most daring and dangerous U.S. Coast Guard missions in history as Bernie Webber, played by Pine, led a crew aboard a motor boat to save the survivors of the splitting of the SS Pendleton.

First off, it's unbelievable that this is even a true story. I constantly thought to myself throughout the film that there's no way they actually get through this alive. It's even more amazing when you see the real life pictures and records of the events in the closing credits. It's also one of those films that makes you enjoy your time away from the storms on water and appreciate every second on land. But besides the remarkable story, I got sucked in with the acting of Pine, Affleck, and Grainger. Grainger plays Pine's love interest back home in Massachusetts and at times the screen time on her can become distracting. Grainger was good in the role, but the time spent on the motor boat and Affleck's crew on the ship was much more intriguing.

Another understandable complaint this film has been getting is its noticeable CGI. When you compare it to films like Life of Pi, Interstellar, or even Titanic from 20 years ago, it doesn't even come close to holding its own against those. But with its lower budget and poignant story, I think you can forgive some of its more obviously green screen moments. The film does have plenty of 'true story clichés' used to bring our emotions to the breaking point, but I never felt like they over did it. I was so enthralled with what was happening that when the film does get to its emotional climax, I had to hold back tears. That's a tribute to Gillespie's direction and the incredible score by the newly Oscar nominated, Carter Burwell.

+Unbelievable story

+Great lead performances

+Timely score

-Some CGI overstayed its welcome

-Some cuts back to Grainger's character weren't necessary

7.7/10


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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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