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Abandoned (2015)

TV-14 | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 3 May 2016 (USA)
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In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle set sail from Picton, New Zealand, for Tonga with four men on board. After a freak wave turned the boat upside down, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.

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John Laing
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Dominic Purcell ... Jim
Peter Feeney ... John
Owen Black ... Rick
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson ... Phil
Serena Cotton Serena Cotton ... Heather
Siobhan Marshall ... Martha
Rachel Nash ... Karen
Seamus Stalker Seamus Stalker ... Darren
Jack Walley Jack Walley ... Gordon
Mark Ruka Mark Ruka ... Shane
Minouk van Der Valde Minouk van Der Valde ... Raewyn
Daniel Cleary ... Laing
John Davies ... McKinley
Daniel Watterson ... Newsreader
Laurie Dee ... Reg
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In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle set sail from Picton, New Zealand, for Tonga with four men on board. After a freak wave turned the boat upside down, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.

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New Zealand

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English

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3 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Napušteni See more »

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New Zealand

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This movie is also know titled "Stranded". See more »

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Written and Performed by Kevin Bloody Wilson
Licensed courtesy of Both Barrels Music
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Authentic sea story
31 October 2018 | by redisleSee all my reviews

I watched this with a few sailing friends and all, myself included, were impressed. It is a sea story well told.

But let's stand back from the actual real events for a moment. Here's a film that departs from the current trend in several important and positive directions: The story-line is clear. The voices are intelligible (even if the accent is from the far side of the globe for me). The flash-backs are clearly differentiated from the front-line story. There are not 1026 sub-plots. There is no sexual spicing up of the main story. As far as I could tell there was no subliminal advertising. What a pleasant change from the unintelligible mixup-gatherum of multi-plot nonsense that bombards us these days.

Now back to the sea. I found the story moved along nicely with variations in mood and happenings. It is rare for a true story to be so well told and to maintain interest. It even had the authenticity of a self-righteous skipper who was lavish in his criticism of his crew. My sailing friends wondered why he had no real crew in the first place. Yes, indeed.

Would this appeal to a non-sailing audience? I think it would. There is not exactly an excess of sailing jargon and the four main characters have an adequate range of personalities to maintain interest. Don't expect dramatic back-ground music and people posing on the bow! The story.is a true one and it shows.

The film is known by two different titles, "Abandoned" and "Stranded", neither of which really match the story but then almost any other title would give away too much.

One thought to finish with: one of the most important things to have when your boat is taking a tumble is a mirror.


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