The Perfect Storm

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Warner Bros. Released 2000

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Director:
Wolfgang Petersen
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG-13

The Perfect Storm is a dramatic film directed by Wolfgang Petersen adapted from a non-fiction book of the same name by Sebastian Junger that focuses on the crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing vessel from Marblehead, Massachusetts that was caught in the "Perfect Storm" in 1991. A dedicated sword fishing boat, the Andrea Gail has not had the best of luck, often returning to port with a lackluster catch. Depressed and unsure of how they can continue to make their living, Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney) convinces his crew to go out one last time before the season closes. Bobby Shatford (Mark Wahlberg), despite his apprehension, joins along with Dale "Murph" Murphy (John C. Reilly), David "Sully" Sullivan (William Fichtner), and Michael "Bugsy" Moran in a trip to beyond the outer fishing boundaries. Their luck seems to turn for a moment as they take in a huge haul but unfortunately they are trapped between a rock and a hard place as two harsh storm systems as well as a major hurricane barrel down on the coast. Based on the true story, The Perfect Storm retells the ultimate tragedy of a ship and its lost crew.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Has noticeable problems with characterization and dialogue. But once that awesome storm, one of the most terrifying ever put on film, gets cranked up, it's hard to remember what th...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The Perfect Storm is no "Titanic."

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The yarn's emotional undercurrents never take hold, resulting in a picture that leaves one thinking less about the fates of the characters than about how the actors had to spend mo...

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