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The Perfect Storm

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Director: Wolfgang Petersen

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


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In October 1991, a dying tropical hurricane from Bermuda collided with a cold front from the Great Lakes, resulting in a "perfect storm" of previously unknown destructive impact that resulted in 100-foot waves; tragically, the crew of a fishing boat was lost in the midst of the fearsome storm. Based on the best-selling book by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm


In October 1991, a dying tropical hurricane from Bermuda collided with a cold front from the Great Lakes, resulting in a "perfect storm" of previously unknown destructive impact that resulted in 100-foot waves; tragically, the crew of a fishing boat was lost in the midst of the fearsome storm. Based on the best-selling book by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm tells the story of the ship's brave and hard-working crew. Billy Tyne (George Clooney), captain of the Andrea Gail, hasn't had much luck finding catch on his most recent trips to sea, and with money short, he and his crew -- Bob Shatford (Mark Wahlberg), Dale Murphy (John C. Reilly), and David Sullivan (William Fichtner) set out again when they hear that the fish are running. Billy's hunch proves correct, but when the ship's refrigeration system goes haywire, they have to return to shore as quickly as possible before the fish spoil, sending them into the middle of the worst storm in history. The supporting cast includes Mary Elziabeth Mastrantonio, Diane Lane, Bob Gunton, and Karen Allen; Wolfgang Petersen, whose breakthrough film was the aquatic wartime drama Das Boot, directed.

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.

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Warner Home Video
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

3 dynamic documentaries; 3 commentaries; Yours forever photo montage; Theatrical trailer

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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


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The Perfect Storm 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, illustrates the tragic story of a small sword fishing boat known as the Andrea Gail.This story takes place off the coast of Gloucester Massachusetts in october of 1991. The crew set out into deep sea a few days before the storm seeking to catch some swordfish. The crew had some trouble at the beginning of their journey actually catching swordfish. The captain, Billy Tyne did not want to come home from from a long sword fishing trip empty handed so he ventured out even further into the sea. During the Andrea Gail’s Arrival they began to encounter a sailors nightmare, powerful winds, Choppy waters with massive waves. This storm could not have possibly been worse, Junger calls it “The Perfect Storm”. The crew decides to keep going through this deadly storm, this decision cost the lives of seven man and the Andrea Gail herself.(less)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an okay movie. A few parts looked really fake but overall it was good luv george clooney! yum bye
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an awesome movie. i love the special effects and the graphics were impecable. the casting and acting were good. i love the whole movie. the music was great and the story line was great too. considering this movie was based on a true story, it made watching it more special and exciting. at the end, i cried.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who lived in New England remembers the ''no-name'' storm of Halloween 1991 and the destruction it caused along our coast. The ''Perfect Storm'' allows us to experience it again from a different perspective - out at sea with the crew of the ill-fated swordboat the ''Andrea Gail.'' George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg give remarkable performances - Clooney especially delivers the passion of Capt. Billy Tyne and his love of the sea and fishing...''you're a swordboat captain. Is there anything better in the world?'' All of your emotions are evoked in this movie as you watch the danger, suspense, thrills and terror of the ''perfect storm.'' After watching the movie, watch the commentary by Sebastin Junger. The author of the book, ''The Perfect Storm,'' on which the movie is based, gives numerous details and a historical account of the storm, the Andrea Gail and the crew members, as he sets up certain scenes while the movie plays. The BEST movie I have seen in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best film of the past summer i really enjoyed watching this movie it kept my full attention through the whole thing even though it wasslow going at the beginning it kept me on the edge of my seat through the last 2 hours when the suspence built the perfect storm takes alot of twists and turns but it is still a good film if you havent seen it i advise you to go to your nearest video store and rent it.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a generally underrated movie about a bunch of losers trying to change their ill-fated destiny by way of doing extraordinary things. As in Moby Dick, what Billy Tyne (our modern day Ahab) is after is no other thing than his own internal demons. On the other hand, we find the perfect storm instead of the great whale. The color of evil is not white but black, and the dark palette haunts us for the whole lenght of the movie. No mercy here for brilliant colors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie kept me in suspense the entire time and the graphics were excellent. this is one of those movies you can see more than once and always find a part you missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel like I am in the minority here...but I like the movie. And I have heard the People of the town thought the movie company did justice as well. How do you tell a story of a lost fishing boat where all hands were lost. We do not know what actually happened on board, and which of the subplots and events that were added in to brighten up what was an otherwise sad story. The Andrea Gail sets out for a late-season fishing voyage right before a number of meteorological events trigger one of the largest storms in history on the Eastern Seaboard. We get to see many events that occurred including the perils of a yacht, a Coast Guard helicopter crew, and the fishermen on the Andrea Gail. I feel they captured the town and fishermen. the time at the begining of the movie is required so that you can see why the men were willing to take risk going out so late in the seaon to fish again. I enjoyed the little look into New England fishery. The boat, the men and the action on the high seas is great to watch. The storm effects (CGI I'm sure) were also very cool. Both George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg do a fine job as the captain and crewman, respectively, of the doomed Andrea Gail. I will keep my DVD and watch it again....
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I really wanted to like this movie but it came off as a bland viewing experience. A lot of it had to do with poor casting...Clooney (IMO) is not a good actor so without a strong lead, the rest of the ensemble faltered. I don't remember much of a soundtrack-a good musical score would of greatly improved this film. As a New Englander, I find it quite tiresome to listen to ridiculous interpretations of the local dialects. Obviously most of the actors could not speak it, so the few who tried, looked even more stupid. I would of been happy if they had spoken in their natural accents (even if by fluke, someone was from the South, per se)-at least a viewer can justify it by interpreting the character as a transplant a horrible rendition of a dialect is just that...horrible, and it is very distracting. The hollywood adaptation of New England locals always strikes me as an insult. It seems fair to state that these filmmakers from the west coast don't know enough about the people and culture of New England either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the waves looked real fake.