Saturday, March 19, 2011


March 19, 3:00 PM


Dir. Wolfgang Petersen (USA: 2000), 130 min

This film is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger which was based on true events. The story follows the crew of the Andrea Gail, a sword fishing ship, as they embark on one last fishing journey of the year. As the fishing expedition continues, the crew is unsuccessful in catching very many fish and head out further onto the Sea. The weather conditions start to get dangerous, but the captain, Billy Tyne (George Clooney,) convinces the crew to keep fishing. At sea the ships ice machine breaks, which is the only way to keep the fish from spoiling. The crew decides to risk traveling through the storm rather then waiting it out in order to save the fish they have caught. As the storm worsens and becomes a hurricane, the journey back to shore becomes even more dangerous, risking the lives of the crew on the Andrea Gail.

The film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Diane Lane and John C. Reilly. The Perfect Storm was nominated for 2 Oscars at the 2001 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound, though they did not win either.

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