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The Perfect Storm (2000)

aka The Perfect Storm

"The storm is coming."

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Details: 130 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)


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Small Capt. Billy Tyne
Small Bobby Shatford
Small Christina " Chris " Cotter
Small Dale " Murp " Murphy
Small David " Sully " Sullivan
Small Alexander McAnally III
Small Melissa Brown
Small Alfred Pierre
Small Linda Greenlaw
Small Mike 'Bugsy' Moran
Small Edie Bailey
Small Todd Gross
Small Bob Brown
Small Irene 'Big Red' Johnson
Small Ethel Shatford
Small Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell
Small Capt. Darryl Ennis
No_movie_poster Lt. Rob Pettit
No_movie_poster Flight Engineer Borgers
No_movie_poster Sgt. Millard Jones
No_movie_poster Dale Murphy, Jr.
No_movie_poster Debra Murphy
No_movie_poster Alfred Pierre's Girlfriend
No_movie_poster Douglas Kosco
No_movie_poster Quentin - The Old Timer
No_movie_poster Pam - Todd Gross' Assistant
No_movie_poster Commander Brudnicki


Small James Horner Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster John Seale Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Janet Hirshenson Casting
Small Wolfgang Petersen Director
No_movie_poster Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
No_movie_poster William Sandell Production Design
No_movie_poster Erica Edell Phillips Costume Design
No_movie_poster Ernie Bishop Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Bruce Crone Art Direction
No_movie_poster Paula Weinstein Producer
No_movie_poster Sebastian Junger Novel
No_movie_poster William D. Wittliff Screenplay
No_movie_poster Gail Katz Producer
No_movie_poster Chas. Butcher Art Direction
Small Wolfgang Petersen Production
No_movie_poster Sebastian Junger Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Richard Francis-Bruce Editing


"The storm is coming."

"In the Fall of 1991, the _Andrea Gail_ left Gloucester, Mass. and headed for the fishing grounds of the North Atlantic. Two weeks later, an event took place that had never occurred in recorded history."

"Feel Its Fury."


In October 1991, the swordfishing boat Andrea Gail returns to port in Gloucester, Massachusetts with a poor catch. Desperate for money, Captain Billy Tyne (Clooney), convinces the Andrea Gail crew to join him for one more late season fishing expedition. The crew head out past their usual fishing grounds, leaving a developing thunderstorm behind them. Initially unsuccessful, they head to the Flemish Cap, where their luck improves. At the height of their fishing the ice machine breaks; 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 decide to risk the storm. However, between the Andrea Gail and Gloucester is a confluence of two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane, which the Andrea Gail crew underestimate.

After repeated warnings from other ships, the Andrea Gail loses her antenna, forcing Captain Linda Greenlaw (Mastrantonio) of sister ship Hannah Boden to call in a Mayday. An Air National Guard rescue helicopter responds, but after failing to perform a midair refuel, the helicopter crew ditch the aircraft before it crashes, and all but one of the crew members are rescued by a Coast Guard vessel, the Tamaroa. The Andrea Gail endures various problems. With 40-foot (12 m) waves crashing onto the deck, a broken stabilizer ramming the side of the ship, and two men thrown overboard, the crew decide to turn around to avoid further damage by the storm. After doing so, the vessel encounters an enormous rogue wave. Billy tells Bobby (Wahlberg) to apply full power to ride over the wave; it seems that they may make it over, but the wave starts to break and the boat flips over. Billy elects to go down with his ship, the rest of the crew are trapped and only Bobby manages to surface as he watches the boat go under; however, without a life jacket, he has no chance of surviving. He is last seen all alone among the waves. There are no survivors and the film ends with Linda reading the eulogy at the memorial service, followed by Christina and Bobby's mother, Ethel, consoling each other on the dock and Billy's voice soliloquising about what it means to be a swordboat captain.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2000-06-30 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-11-14

DVD : 2007-05-15