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Finest Hours, The (Disney 2016, Chris Pine, Casey Affleck)

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Based on a true story The Finest Hours takes us back to 1952 when one of the worst ever storms hits the East Coast of New England. Off the coast of Cape Cod a tanker is badly damaged and quite literally torn in half. Knowing that the men aboard have no chance of survival if help isn’t got to them a four man Coast Guard crew led by Bernie Webber battles against the odds and incredibly fearsome conditions to rescue the 32 men still on board.

A truly heart pounding at times story of man vs nature. Well made, especially the battering storm sequences and with a couple of strong lead performances from Chris Pine as the Coast Guard pilot who has something to prove following a disaster in which lives were lost the previous year and Casey Affleck as Ray Sybert, the engineer on the crippled boat who comes up with a plan to give the men on the boat longer odds of survival.

A subplot involving Bernie’s romance with a girl called Miriam drags a little but only a little.

classic quote
We all live, or we all die.

production details
USA | Disney | 114 minutes | 2016

Writers: Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Book: Casey Sherman, Michael J. Tougias
Director: Craig Gillespie

cast
Eric Bana as Daniel Cluff
Benjamin Koldyke as Donald Bangs
John Franchi as Fisherman at Bar
John Ortiz as Wallace Quirey
Beau Knapp as Mel Gouthro
Kyle Gallner as Andy Fitzgerald
Josh Stewart as Tchuda Southerland
Casey Affleck as Ray Sybert
Graham McTavish as Frank Fauteux
Chris Pine as Bernie Webber
Ben Foster as Richard Livesey
Holliday Grainger as Miriam Webber
John Magaro as Ervin Maske
Michael Raymond-James as D.A. Brown
Abraham Benrubi as George ‘Tiny’ Myers
Keiynan Lonsdale as Eldon Hanan
Rachel Brosnahan as Bea Hansen
Matthew Maher as Carl Nickerson
Jesse Gabbard as Domingo Garcia
Alexander Cook as John Stello
Danny Connelly as Dave Ryder
Angela Hope Smith as Catherine Paine