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      White Squall

      PG-13 1996 2h 7m Drama List
      57% Tomatometer 37 Reviews 65% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings In 1960, a hardy group of prep school students boards an old-fashioned sailing ship. With Capt. Christopher Sheldon (Jeff Bridges) at the helm, the oceangoing voyage is intended to teach the boys fortitude and discipline. But the youthful crew -- among them confident Chuck Gieg (Scott Wolf), timid Gil Martin (Ryan Phillippe) and self-satisfied Frank Beaumont (Jeremy Sisto) -- are about to get some unexpected instruction in survival when they get caught in the clutches of a white squall storm. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Though it gets occasionally bogged down by touchy-feely sentiment, White Squall benefits greatly from Jeff Bridges' assured lead performance and Ridley Scott's visceral, exciting direction.

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      Brian Lowry Variety The filmmakers take a rather facile, anachronistic "Oprah"-esque approach toward the boys' feelings about their families and the Skipper's role as a "tough love"-minded surrogate father. Jul 25, 2008 Full Review Trevor Johnston Time Out This particular landlubber felt like jelly for the rest of the day, notwithstanding the hokey courtroom showdown that closes the picture. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Janet Maslin New York Times Despite great scenery, the distinctive visual ideas of Mr. Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and the strong dramatic presence of Mr. Bridges, most of White Squall remains listless and tame. Rated: 2.5/5 May 20, 2003 Full Review Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot Once you get through all the cliches of the calm waters, there is a 20-minute movie somewhere within the two-hour running time. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 1, 2022 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Bridges does his best to command the emotional resonance we assume motivated Sheldon, but scant characterization marks him merely as a cipher for brawny, brain-washed ideations of what masculinity's supposed to look like. Rated: 2/5 Aug 10, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Though lavishly produced and based on a true story, it still fails to satisfy. Rated: C+ Jun 27, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mike P Watchable true life docudrama which dissects the ship-wrecking of the USS Albatross; which was a ship that was being sailed by a boy's prep school in an elaborate nautical lesson. This is watchable but not great...Too many stereotypes; but the action is good. Recommended Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/10/24 Full Review Cindy L Strange things happen in the open ocean and unfortunately it happened to The Albatross, a true story. I thought the acting was good, the story intriguing and worth the view. A very good film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/28/22 Full Review jeffrey r A true story of courage and tragedy, told with empathy and art...a fine film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The brotherhood emotional drama seems like out last the stormy thrills Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member It's rife with arguably ham-fisted sentimentality that interrupts the exciting and visceral but simple story at hand. The performances from the younger actors range from competent to bad but leading man Jeff Bridges and Ridley Scott's control ultimately make this movie pretty watchable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Strong performaces from a talented cast and great direction from Ridley Scott. White squal is a coming of age movie about a group of boys that join a school boat to learn how to sail and mantain the boat. the movie takes place in the early 1960s during the tensions with united states and cuba. I like the movie just did not like the ending, but I guess it is based on a true story so I guess that is what happened. It is worth a watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 1960, a hardy group of prep school students boards an old-fashioned sailing ship. With Capt. Christopher Sheldon (Jeff Bridges) at the helm, the oceangoing voyage is intended to teach the boys fortitude and discipline. But the youthful crew -- among them confident Chuck Gieg (Scott Wolf), timid Gil Martin (Ryan Phillippe) and self-satisfied Frank Beaumont (Jeremy Sisto) -- are about to get some unexpected instruction in survival when they get caught in the clutches of a white squall storm.
      Director
      Ridley Scott
      Producer
      Mimi Polk Gitlin, Rocky Lang
      Screenwriter
      Todd Robinson
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $10.3M
      Runtime
      2h 7m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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