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Based on the engrossing nonfiction work by Sebastian Junger about the Andrea Gail--a commercial swordfishing boat that was lost at sea in October 1991--Wolfgang Petersen's THE PERFECT STORM brings the pages to life. The movie features a big-name cast (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg) playing the gruff, edgy fishermen in the Gloucester, Massachusetts, port, as well as close-up camera shots of the boats moored on the wintry docks. Viewers are drawn into the closely knit New England community that is struck speechless by a fierce nor'easter made from three merging hurricanes. Meteorologists call it the Perfect Storm. <br> <br> Despite the weather forecast, skipper Billy Tyne (Clooney) insists that his crew go out on one more 30-day swordfishing trip before the winter sets in. At sea, a series of tragedies ensues, including a man dragged overboard by one of the 300-foot-long lines and a bloodthirsty shark that gets reeled onto the deck accidentally. What's worse, the skipper's right-hand man, Bobby Shatford (...
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CastJohn C. Reilly
DirectorWolfgang Petersen
Release Date:  2000
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
DVD Release Date:  Warner Home Video (May 15, 2007)
Runtime:  2hr 10min
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review by . December 19, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Mark Wahlberg     Cons: mediocre script that doesn't tell the whole truth; trite stunts; all-around disappointing     Let me preface this story by telling you that my stepfather is on the crew of the Air National Guard (106th Airborne) in West Hampton, NY. This movie is based on the true story of what happened during a major storm in 1991. (The boat was actually trapped in three storm systems that collided.) Jim (my stepdad) was friends with Rick Smith, …
review by . July 16, 2000
Pros: Nice Storm special effects     Cons: Shallow charcters...     My Experience      The Year: 1985   The Time: The closing days of October, early afternoon – early morning the next day.   The Place: North Atlantic Ocean heading south by southwest onboard the battleship U.S.S. Iowa (BB-61), steaming in company with two other vessels; a cruiser and a frigate. We were heading home to Norfolk, VA., after a successful …
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