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Against the Sun (2014)

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A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.


Brian Falk





Cast overview:
Garret Dillahunt ... Harold Dixon
Tom Felton ... Tony Pastula
Jake Abel ... Gene Aldrich
Nadia Parra Nadia Parra ... Frances Pastula
Quinton Flynn ... Newsreel Narrator


In one of the most harrowing true stories of World War II, three US Navy airmen crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves on a tiny life raft, surrounded by open ocean. No food. No water. No hope of rescue. Against incredible odds, these three virtual strangers must survive storms, sharks, starvation - and each other - as they try to sail more than a thousand miles to safety. Written by The American Film Company

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material involving peril and hardships, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghosts of the Pacific See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 1 hr) Gene Aldrich manages to shoot an albatross. Afterwards, Harold 'Chief' Dixon says: "I can't believe you've shot an albatross". This is a reference to the poem called 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. In this text of 1834, a crew lost at sea kills an albatross as well. See more »


The fuselage of the plane is marked with the ID number 6-T-14. That designation is also used by the crew during their radio calls. However, the actual number of the lost aircraft was 6-T-6 (aircraft number 6 of Torpedo Squadron 6). See more »


[first lines]
Gene Aldrich: [over the radio] Chief, this is Aldrich. I'm losing her on the ARA.
Tony Pastula: [to himself] Come on, where are you goin'?
Gene Aldrich: [into radio] Chief, I've lost the beacon. Over. Are we close Chief?
Tony Pastula: I'll give him a tap, maybe his com is down.
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Ain't Gonna Rain No More
Written by Wendell Hall
Performed by Wendell Hall
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excellent story and production
23 November 2014 | by redwolf_5See all my reviews

Just came from seeing this movie at the WW2 museum in New Orleans at an advance screening I had the pleasure of attending. I met the producer/script writer Brian Falk. Very nice guy. I'll start my brief review by saying the movie was admittedly made on a low budget which limits things, but that being said, what they did do, they did well. The re-creation of the plane, a TBD-1 Devastator, was great. (No surviving plane exists anywhere.) As to the story and the production, the movie succeeds because it tells the tale of these 3 men and their journey on a raft in the Pacific Ocean. You see the interactions of three guys who basically did not know each other when the plane took off. Keep in mind in those days, officers, as pilots almost always were, and enlisted crew members did not associate on the carriers much if at all. That dynamic plays out to a certain degree in the film. The elements you'd think would come though in a film such as this, are played well: despair, survival, hunger, thirst, hope, fear, and blame... and many more. Theirs is story that needed to be told. I am glad it was.

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