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The Finest Hours

The U.S. Coast Guard rescue of the commercial tanker SS Pendleton, which broke in half during a wild storm off the Massachusetts coast in February 1952, is considered one of the bravest operations in the guard's history. This Disney production does the story justice, though the script suffers from the narrow emotional parameters the studio imposes on its live-action dramas. Chris Pine gives a quietly magnetic performance as Bernard Webber, the young lifeboat commander who led a frightened three-man crew straight into the deadly gale; this thrilling adventure is periodically interrupted by a feeble romantic subplot in which Webber's fiancee wrings her hanky onshore. Craig Gillespie directed; with Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana.

Credits

Director:

  • Craig Gillespie

Cast:

  • Chris Pine
  • Casey Affleck
  • Ben Foster
  • Holliday Grainger
  • John Ortiz
  • Kyle Gallner
  • John Magaro
  • Beau Knapp
  • Eric Bana
  • Graham McTavish
  • Abraham Benrubi
  • Michael James

Producers:

  • Jim Whitaker
  • Dorothy Aufiero
  • Doug Merrifield

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