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Genres: Drama , Adventure , Action
Actors: Janet Wright , Rusty Schwimmer , Michael Ironside , Christopher McDonald , Bob Gunton , Cherry Jones , Karen Allen , Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio , Allen Payne , John Hawkes , William Fichtner , John C. Reilly , Diane Lane , Mark Wahlberg , George Clooney
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Country: United States
Year: 2000
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10 (94991 votes)

In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure.

Film Review

Please help a landlocked Midwesterner understand the business of being a sword boat fisherman. In the beginning of the movie during the "sign my ledger" scene were they receive their pay, Bobby, a rookie, gets what sound like $2000 some dollars and Capt Billy gets something like $9000. My question is how long are they at sea for a "set"? Linda asks Billy, "Are you going again this season"? It doesn't sound like this is a monthly gig and I am curious if Sword fishing is even possible in the winter. If Sword fishing is seasonal like all other forms of fishing, how would $2k be worth any person's energy….though I am not in the know either.

No argument with the film's description: "Atlantic swells form 100-foot walls. Wind shrieks at a maxed-out Force 12. In October 1991 three raging weather fronts – one of them Hurricane Grace – combine to form the greatest storm in recorded history. George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg lead a talented cast in this harrowing special-effects adventure that intercuts the plight of seafarers struggling to reach safe harbor with the heroics of air/sea rescue crews. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, 'The Perfect Storm' tosses excitement your way in waves." There is an abundance of stormy special effects, but not enough character development. Mr. Wahlberg gets the best of the lackluster subplots, in romantic scenes with Diane Lane (as Christina Cotter). But, even this is lacking – where'd the black eye come from, anyway, rough sex? The intercutting of characters we know next-to-nothing about (in the other boats and helicopters) is sometimes confusing; and, however excit…

The best disaster films have strong re-watch-ability. You like the characters. You become engaged with the unfolding story. You want to experience it again, and again.This is -NOT- one of those films. One watching is probably going to be more than enough.I can't offer anything that the previous 726 reviewers didn't already catch. So I'll just keep it brief to my own impressions after two viewings (over ten years).- Fabulous digital effects. Really, the effects -are- the film.- Uninteresting characters, through and through, who behave in mindless, cliché, and completely predictable patterns. Not one shows a dimension of character not revealed in the first 15 minutes. They're all dopes who buy it for greed.- Behind this is a relentlessly overbearing score that is also nothing more than a cacophony of audio clichés assembled to buttress the weak story and characters.So there you have it.