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The Perfect Storm (2000)


Coming Out at 29 June 2000 in theaters

Action, Adventure, Drama

The Perfect Storm is biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on the 1997 non-fiction book of the same name by Sebastian Junger. The film tells the story of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea with all hands after being caught in the Perfect Storm of 1991. The film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John Hawkes, William Fichtner, Michael Ironside, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane, Karen Allen and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. It was released on June 30, 2000, by Warner Bros. and grossed $328 million worldwide.

In October 1991, the commercial fishing boat Andrea Gail returns to port in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with a poor catch. Desperate for money, Captain Billy Tyne convinces the Andrea Gail crew to join him for one more late-season fishing expedition. The crew heads out past their usual fishing grounds on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, leaving a developing tropical storm behind them. Initially unsuccessful, they head to the Flemish Cap, where their luck greatly improves. At the height of their fishing, the ice machine breaks down; the only way to sell their catch before it spoils is to hurry back to shore. After debating whether to sail through the building storm or to wait it out, the crew decides to risk the storm. However, between Andrea Gail and Gloucester is a confluence of two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane, which the Andrea Gail crew underestimates.

After repeated warnings from other ships, Andrea Gail loses her antenna, forcing Captain Linda Greenlaw of sister ship Hannah Boden to call in a Mayday. A New York Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter responds, but after failing to perform a midair refueling with an HC-130 Hercules, the helicopter crew ditch their aircraft. All but one of the Air National Guard crew members are rescued by a Coast Guard vessel, the USCGC Tamaroa.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Writers: Sebastian Junger (book), William D. Wittliff

Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane, William Fichtner, John Hawkes, Allen Payne


George ClooneyBilly Tyne
Mark WahlbergBobby Shatford
John C. ReillyDale ‘Murph’ Murphy
Diane LaneChristina Cotter
William FichtnerDavid ‘Sully’ Sullivan
John HawkesMike ‘Bugsy’ Moran
Allen PayneAlfred Pierre
Mary Elizabeth MastrantonioLinda Greenlaw
Karen AllenMelissa Brown
Cherry JonesEdie Bailey
Bob GuntonAlexander McAnally III
Christopher McDonaldTodd Gross
Michael IronsideBob Brown
Rusty SchwimmerIrene ‘Big Red’ Johnson
Janet WrightEthel Shatford
Dash MihokSgt. Jeremy Mitchell
Josh HopkinsCapt. Darryl Ennis
Todd KimseyLt. Rob Pettit
Chris PalermoFlight Engineer Borgers
Wiley M. PickettSgt. Millard Jones
Hayden TankDale Murphy, Jr.
Merle KennedyDebra Murphy (Murph’s Ex-Wife)
Jennifer SommerfeldAlfred Pierre’s Girlfriend
Joseph D. ReitmanDouglas Kosco
Sandy WardQuentin (The Old Timer)
Melissa SamuelsPam (Todd Gross’ Assistant)
Steven BarrCommander Brudnicki
J. Scott ShonkaCommunications Officer
Patrick FoleyFalcon Jet Pilot
Lloyd MaloneFalcon Jet Co-Pilot
Billy MayoC-130 Pilot
Mark AdamsC-130 Co-Pilot
Tim TrotmanC-130 Navigator
Barry RutsteinC-130 Engineer
Patrick StinsonTV Newscaster #1
Terry AnzurTV Newscaster #2
Katelyn C. BrownCarrot Top Kid #1
Miles SchneiderCarrot Top Kid #2
James LeeHelmsman
Jim ArgenbrightQuartermaster
Michael SpaseffLookout
Walter AltmanBartender
Stephanie AtkinsonFuneral Attendant
Janet BorgmanChurch Parishioner
Jeffrey CorazziniCoast Guard Rescue Unit
Tim CowgillCrow’s Nest Patron
Elizabeth DuffBilly Tyne’s Ex-Wife
Matt DugganCrow’s Nest Patron
Shawn FogartyChurch Mourner
Tim GatoFuneral
Sebastian JungerCrow’s Nest Patron
Ariane Von KampCrow’s Nest Pool Player
Edmund LoughlinLocal
Bruce MahlerMr. Moss
Brad MartinGloucester Fisherman #1
Kevin McNamaraCoast Guard Sailor
Ken ParhamFisherman in Bar
Marc Antonio PritchettAlfred’s Friend
Marcio RosarioPool Player
Alan Francis SullivanAssistant Medical Examiner
Michael Steven SwansonPolice Photographer
Alex Martinez WallacePerson at Funeral

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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