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Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

Director: Wolfgang Petersen,

Cast: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A 1991 hurricane that ravaged the New England coast also took the lives of a half-dozen intrepid fishermen whose heroic struggle against the elements will keep viewers of The Perfect Storm on the edge of their seats. Director Wolfgang Peterson (Das Boot), no stranger to seafaring sagas, combines historical accounts with imaginative screenwriting to tell the story of the ill-fated Andrea Gail, the fishing vessel that went down with all hands in that monstrous "perfect storm." In his most effective big-screen work to date, George Clooney is utterly convincing as the beleaguered captain who's pressured into defying the storm to make a much-needed big catch. His shipmates, colorfully played by Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, and William Fichtner among others, put aside their differences in the valiant struggle to make port safely. Peterson employs a combination of computer-generated effects and realistic water-tank scenes to stage scenes of the flailing Andrea Gail, and very nearly drowns his actors to make his point: that ordinary men, faced with danger and spurred by mutual resolve, can accomplish extraordinary things. The DVD's special features include audio commentary, documentaries (on both the storm and the film), web access, DVD-ROM content, photo gallery, storyboards, trailer, and scene access.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Director Wolfgang Peterson returns to form after the disappointing Air Force One (1997) with this taut, detailed account of 1991's "storm of the century." Though the film's landlocked melodrama never takes off -- most of it consists of the fishermen's significant others biting their nails and overacting -- the action at sea is tense, believable, and completely unrelenting. Peterson adeptly mixes CGI visual effects with impressive soundstage recreations and location footage, as he charts the doomed course of crazily-determined skipper Billy Tyne (George Clooney) and his more cautious neophyte crewman Bob Shatford (Mark Wahlberg, in a standout performance). Though the film's dark, complex set pieces have the potential to be murky and convoluted, Peterson never shortchanges the audience with confusing logistics, shaky camerawork, or jumpy editing. In every scene, there's a palpable, specific sense of the risk and danger involved -- so much so that James Horner's cloying score seems redundant and superficial. One particularly sore spot: the talented Karen Allen is underused as a yachtswoman caught in the eye of the storm; it's as if her scenes were left on the cutting-room floor.

Product Details

Release Date:
Warner Home Video
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 3 behind-the-scenes documentaries; 3 feature-length filmmaker/author/craftsperson commentaries; Yours Forever photo montage; Conceptual art gallery with director commentary; Storyboard gallery; Interactive menus; Cast/director/screenwriter filmographies; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages & Subtitles: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Capt. Billy Tyne
Mark Wahlberg Bobby Shatford
John C. Reilly Dale "Murph" Murphy
Diane Lane Christine Cotter
William Fichtner David "Sully' Sullivan
John Hawkes Michael "Bugsy" Moran
Allen Payne Alfred Pierre
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Linda Greenlaw
Karen Allen Melissa Brown
Cherry Jones Edie Bailey
Bob Gunton Alexander McAnally III
Christopher McDonald Todd Gross
Dash Mihok Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell
Josh Hopkins Capt. Darryl Ennis
Michael Ironside Bob Brown
Rusty Schwimmer Irene "Big Red" Johnson
Janet Wright Ethel Shatford

Technical Credits
Wolfgang Petersen Director,Producer
Charles Butcher Art Director
Maureen Crowe Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan B. Curtiss Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Duncan Henderson Executive Producer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
James Horner Score Composer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Gail Katz Producer
John Leimanis Set Decoration/Design
Barry Levinson Executive Producer
Brian McNulty Associate Producer
Doug Meerdink Set Decoration/Design
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
William Sandell Production Designer
John Seale Cinematographer
Bill Taliaferro Set Decoration/Design
Paula Weinstein Producer
Bruce K. West Set Decoration/Design
Keith A. Wester Sound/Sound Designer
William D. Wittliff Screenwriter
Sebastian Junger Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Perfect Storm
1. Gloucester, Fall 1991 [2:44]
2. Home Safe (Credits) [5:11]
3. Cold Streak [2:38]
4. Father and Son [3:03]
5. Going Back Out [3:16]
6. People With Kids [4:21]
7. The Romance in It [2:29]
8. Worth It [3:00]
9. Saying Goodbye [5:53]
10. For the Long Run [3:58]
11. Going Fishing (Tush) [4:34]
12. Confidence [3:27]
13. Shark! [3:42]
14. "I Always Find the Fish!" [2:34]
15. Murph's Accident [4:12]
16. Managed Gratitude [1:39]
17. Moments of Truth [4:01]
18. Lots of Weather [2:28]
19. The Flemish Cap [2:20]
20. Homeward Bound [3:42]
21. Rescue 231 at The... [:51]
22. Middle of the Monster [4:28]
23. Delivery to the Tamaroa [5:00]
24. Antenna Gone, Bird... [2:49]
25. Cutting Loose [3:00]
26. Running on Fumes [3:30]
27. Rescue 231 Ditches [2:52]
28. Bugsy Overboard [2:30]
29. Billy's Decision [4:00]
30. Credit for Guts [2:14]
31. Swimming to The.... [1:28]
32. Topsy-Turvy [1:57]
33. Everything They've Got [3:19]
34. One Wave Too Many [2:41]
35. A Hell of a Fight [2:57]
36. Only Love [2:57]
37. Sleep Well [1:00]
38. Dreamers [3:26]
39. Dedication/End Credits [1:50]

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