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A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

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Baltasar Kormákur

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Aaron Kandell (screenplay by), Jordan Kandell (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shailene Woodley ... Tami Oldham
Sam Claflin ... Richard Sharp
Jeffrey Thomas ... Peter Crompton
Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Christine Crompton
Grace Palmer ... Deb
Tami Ashcraft ... Tami Ashcraft
Siale Tunoka Siale Tunoka ... Customs Agent
Kael Damlamian Kael Damlamian ... Smiley
Lei-Ming Caine Lei-Ming Caine ... Outrigger Girl
Neil Andrea Neil Andrea ... Crewman
Apakuki Nalawa Apakuki Nalawa ... Musician
Tim Solomon Tim Solomon ... Musician
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Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. Adrift is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love. Written by STXfilms

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Based on the true story of love and survival. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for injury images, peril, language, brief drug use, partial nudity and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | Iceland | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adrift See more »

Filming Locations:

Suva, Fiji See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,603,039, 3 June 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,445,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,045,012, 12 August 2018
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Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Hazana was a 1970s model Trintella. One of the reasons why it didn't sink is that it had a double-hulled design. The air sealed within the hull gave it buoyancy enough to bring it up after being submerged. However, the damage to the outer hull caused a serious leak, filling much of the space with water. This lowered the profile of the boat and increased its drag, which slowed its progress. See more »

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The use of a sextant requires a clear horizon and visible navigable stars or the moon (or the sun during the day), a nautical almanac, Bowditch tables and considerable calculations. Plus a single sight, especially during the day using the sun, would only render a line of position, not a fix. Multiple LOP's advanced over several hours would be needed to establish a fix (actual position). See more »

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Tami Oldham: Richard?
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Upgrade/Action Point/Adrift (2018) See more »

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Picture in a Frame
Written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
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great chemistry between the leads - and terrific use of flashback structure
2 June 2018 | by dave-mcclainSee all my reviews

"Adrift" (PG-13, 2:00) is an action-adventure drama-romance produced and directed by Baltasar Kormákur ("Everest", "2 Guns", "The Deep") and written by David Branson Smith ("Ingrid Goes West") and Aaron and Jordan Kandell ("Moana"), based on the book by Tami Ashcraft. Unlike most movies dramatizing something that actually happened, this one doesn't begin with the usual qualifiers of "Based on a true story" or "Inspired by a true story". This one tells us simply, "This is a true story."

Tami Oldham (Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Shailene Woodley) is a single 24-year-old adventurer, originally from San Diego, who works her way from place to place on a worldwide voyage of self-discovery. As the film opens, she gets off a boat in Tahiti and responds to the custom agent's questions by admitting she doesn't have an occupation or any idea how long she'll be staying in the country. In spite of her apparent aimlessness, she gets her passport stamped and starts working at the docks doing maintenance on various pleasure craft. That's where she meets the handsome and charming Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), who is in the process of sailing around the world on a journey similar to Tami's.

Tami and Richard are well on their way to falling in love when a wealthy older couple ask Richard to sail their yacht to San Diego, in exchange for $10,000 and a First Class airline ticket back to Tahiti. Make that two First Class tickets. Tami says she's not ready to go home yet, but she doesn't want to be separated from her new love, so she comes along for the ride... and, as a novice sailor herself, to help out where she can. Unfortunately for the young lovers, they get caught up in a monster storm at sea that damages the boat - and each of them - severely. The best solution seems to be allowing the prevailing currents to carry the boat east, try to navigate towards Hawaii - and try to survive long enough to get there.

"Adrift" is this film's title, but the story is anything but. Appearing in flashbacks, the story of Tami and Richard is told parallel with the story of the journey to Hawaii. It's an especially effective plot device in this intelligent screenplay. The two leads are each first class actors who play their roles expertly and with undeniable chemistry. This film compares well with Robert Redford's "All is Lost" and Tom Hanks' "Cast Away", with the added allure of the romance and the strong foundation of being a true story. "A-"


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