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At Theaters: 6/30/2000 On Video: 11/14/2000
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 15 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 189911
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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The courageous men and women who risk their lives every working day, pitting their fishing boats and rescue vessels against the capricious forces of nature. Their worst fears are realized at sea one fateful autumn, when they are confronted by three raging weather fronts which collide to produce the greatest, fiercest and most destructive storm in modern history.
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Action Adventure - A thrilling, based-on-a-true-story movie about a disaster at sea. The film uses cutting-edge special effects to develop a churning sea with 100-foot waves. A good summer adventure for anyone who isn't afflicted by a fear of water.
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Cast and Crew Heading
George Clooney THREE KINGS, THE THIN RED LINE, OUT OF SIGHT
Mark Wahlberg THE YARDS, THREE KINGS, THE CORRUPTOR, THE BIG HIT
Diane Lane MY DOG SKIP, A WALK ON THE MOON, MURDER AT 1600
John C. Reilly FOR LOVE OF THE GAME, NEVER BEEN KISSED
Dir/Prod: Wolfgang Petersen AIR FORCE ONE, OUTBREAK
Producer: Gail Katz AIR FORCE ONE, OUTBREAK
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About The Production
About The Locations
About The Ship
Rescue Teams And Military Support
Gloucester And The Fishing Industry
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PROFANITY: Occasional and sometimes extreme.
SEX/NUDITY: Hinted at, but never explicitly shown.
VIOLENCE: Infrequent, but graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent drinking.
ACTION: Frequent water action.
COMEDY: Infrequent.
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When the summer is complete, Gladiator may stand out as the best mainstream release, but The Perfect Storm will almost certainly be the most intense. Directed by veteran filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen, the film, which starts out slowly and calmly with 45 minutes of set-up, turns into a white-knuckle ride into a psychotic weather system. The Perfect Storm is not without flaws - there is too much going on and some of the invented dialogue is cheesy - but it is undeniably a thrilling experience.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 169 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
Very High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
14
High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
High
88%
30+Adults (M)
41
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
65
High
97%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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For centuries, Gloucester, Massachussetts, has been one of the major fishing ports in the North Atlantic. In October, 1991, it is home to a swordfishing boat called the Andrea Gail, captained by Billy Tyne (Clooney), a veteran fisherman who has had a run of disappointing catches. It docks beside the Hannah Boden, captained by Linda Greenlaw (Mastrantonio), who has been hugely successful with recent hauls.

Bobby Shatford (Wahlberg) has a divorce lawyer to pay off and a new life to build with his girlfriend, Christina "Chris" Cotter (Lane). Fishing is the only job he knows that will pay the kind of money he needs. So, against Chris' wishes, he's going to sign on again with Billy for one last trip this season. Four other men will join them.

Tyne is convinced that he can change his run of bad luck by going beyond the normal reach of New England fishing boats to the Flemish Cap, a remote area known for its rich fishing prospects. Once out at sea, he hears about the storm building offshore. But unlike Greenlaw, who determines to plays it safe, Billy thinks he can beat the storm back to Gloucester, taking an enormous catch with him. If he doesn't try, his crew will come away empty-handed on this last trip of the season. It is nothing out of the ordinary for fishermen to wager their lives against their livelihoods.

What is out of the ordinary is the disturbing weather pattern that emerges once the Andrea Gail is out to sea. Local TV weatherman Todd Gross (CHRIS McDONALD) tells his viewers it began with Hurricane Grace, a powerful southern storm front heading up the Atlantic. Grace is on a collision course with two other weather fronts gathering strength as they plow forward through the sea. When the three meet, there will be a storm more terrifying than anyone has imagined, greater than any that has ever been recorded in modern history.

It will come to be called "The No-Name Storm" or "The Halloween Storm," coming as it does on that legendarily fearsome night. In fact, it will form with such suddenness that the National Weather Bureau doesn't have time to call it anything. They barely have time to send out a warning to all vessels at sea.

The crew of the Andrea Gail never receives that warning. They never know what is about to hit them.

While the Andrea Gail and other boats, including a giant tanker, a cargo ship and a 32-foot sailboat, struggle to make their way back to shore, another set of personnel carriers are following a course directly into the storm. These are the Air Force and Coast Guard airplane, helicopter and cutter rescue teams who are fully and frighteningly aware of what they are up against.

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