The Perfect StormDirector: Wolfgang Petersen
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.
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Cast & Crew
|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|
|Charles Butcher||Art Director|
|Maureen Crowe||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Alan B. Curtiss||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
|John Frazier||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Duncan Henderson||Executive Producer|
|James Horner||Score Composer|
|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|
|Bill Taliaferro||Set Decoration/Design|
|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 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)
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.
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.....
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.
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....
It was an okay movie. A few parts looked really fake but overall it was good luv george clooney! yum bye
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.
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.
I thought the waves looked real fake.
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.