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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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Production Co:

The American Film Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed in Playas De Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. a Horizon Tank, in 1996 20th Century Fox acquired 40 acres of waterfront south of Playas De Rosarito, and built a seventeen-million-gallon tank for the film Titanic, a Co-Production with Paramount Pictures. The tank held a replica of the ship, and provided 270 degrees of ocean view. Others Films that have used the Same Tank are. "All is Lost" (2012), "Little Boy" (2011), Titanic (1997), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Weight of Water (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Ghosts of the Abyss (2003). 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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Decent Small Budget Movie
16 February 2015 | by cuthbertjoelSee all my reviews

I'm not going to concentrate my review on one scene involving a CGI shark. I will say it looked obscenely fake and did somewhat detach you from that scene as you were too busy preoccupied with the leftover Sharknado prop. Otherwise the film was pretty good. Felton, Delahunt and Abel were all very solid and really evoked the feelings of desperation and humanity relating to the subject of the film. Their performances were enough for me to actually care about the characters and given its also a true story, I found myself more than adequately emotionally invested in the film. There's definitely issues with the film. The score is very hit and miss. Especially the second rate Jaws music in some of the scenes. I've watched hundreds of films worse than this in the last year or so. Did more than enough to keep me watching for 1hr 40mins.

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