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White Squall [Blu-ray]

Jeff Bridges    Blu-ray
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It's a pity this oceangoing adventure wasn't fully appreciated during its theatrical release in 1996, if only because its climactic storm sequence (hence the movie's title) was awesome on the big screen and inevitably less impressive on video. Mixed reviews also curtailed its box-office potential, but as you might expect from Ridley Scott--the director of Blade Runner and Thelma & Louise--this is a beautifully photographed movie that will thrill anyone who is drawn to the romance and danger of the open sea. The story is a rite-of-passage adventure for a group of high school boys who spend their senior year as the crew-in-training on the Albatross, a sailing vessel skippered by an experienced sailor and schoolmaster (Jeff Bridges) who teaches hard lessons of teamwork and individual responsibility. As they sail to the tip of South America and back, the young men face many challenges that will shape their character, in addition to the carnal pleasures of shore leave in exotic ports of call. It's a traditional story, and Scott doesn't bring anything particularly new to this sailboat variation of Dead Poets Society and Scent of a Woman. But as a coming-of-age drama White Squall is professionally crafted and filled with vital energy, featuring a talented cast of newcomers (led by Scott Wolf of TV's Party of Five) who rise to the demands of this rousing and life-changing adventure. --Jeff Shannon

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Hollywood favorite Jeff Bridges (True Grit, Carzy Heart, The Big Lebowski) stars in this thrilling high seas adventure! Bridges leads a crew of seafaring students on the voyage of a lifetime! But just before their return, nature teaches the toughest lesson of all...turning this journey at sea into a test of the crew’s courage and will to survive! From acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down, American Gangster) – don’t miss any of the pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat excitement that this breathtaking motion picture delivers!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Upon further review... Sept. 24 2003
I've changed my rating of this film after watching it two more times.
Originally, I liked the first part of the film much more than the ending, which features a court scene. I downrated the film on the contrast between the thoroughly entertaining film that features the 'boys on the boat', and the judicial scenes at the end of the film.
After seeing the film on two separate, subsequent occasions, I've changed my mind a bit. The final half hour of the film does match, in my changed viewpoint, the intensity and fine acting that preceded the last scences.
Jeff Bridges gives another excellent performance. His cool, laconic performance is just so right for this film. He hits every note.
Also to be praised is the acting of the rest of the cast. They do an excellent job conveying the melding of a crew out of a disparate group of young men with wildly different backgrounds. And Caroline Goodall gives an equally effective performance as his wife.
Admittedly, the film does follow some familiar paths during the titular storm. Let's say not all bodes well for everyone on the voyage.
Directed by Ridley Scott, who has directed such hits as 'Blackhawk Down' and 'Gladiator'. 'White Squall' is a quieter film than those, but equally as effective.
Recommended. But be sure to wear your life jacket when on one a boat called the 'Albatross'
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Squall scores Dec 4 2003
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Bridges is a captain of a ship and he is on the highseas with his shipmates. other actors include Caroline Goodall, John Savage, Scott Wolf, Ryan Phillippe, Jason Marsden and Jeremy Sisto. an exceptional cast makes this one special and Bridges cares for his mates. a powerful movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Cool- It'll Blow you away!! Nov. 10 2003
This movie was excellent- i couldn't think of anything better to say. We watched tha movie at school and we thought it would be really crappy but it turned out to be excellent. I still think that they could have designed the ending with the tornado a bit better i mean Life Jackets woud have been great even though none of the survivors drowned. I felt really sympathetic towards Alice because she was locked in an airtight room and she sunk to the bottom of the ocean with the ship, she didn't drown she would have died a grueosome death from starvation and dehydration. But overall i thought it was great, you could feel everything they did.
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What I liked about this movie, other than the fact that it was based on a true story, is watching how these young boys grow due to their experience.
Stunning performance by Jeff Bridges, I thought.
It also got me so interested in Tall Ships that I booked a sail on one in Maine where they have several cruises at reasonable prices. I had to back out though due to illness, but I'm still planning on doing this some day.
Great, great movie and undervalued.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated movies in the world Dec 23 2002
By jao
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A group of teenage boys learn discipline, courage, and what it's like to stick together as a unit as they aboard the Albatross and ride it out into the great wide open in the Caribbean. Whether they're there because their parents want them to grow up and learn responsibility, or whether they're there because they want to be, they will all learn the comraderie, the hardships, and everything else that goes along with traveling to sea. All of the good and the bad must come together when the Albatross runs into a white squall, a MAJOR storm at sea.
How could anybody not love "White Squall"? There are a lot of great movies about going out to sea, and "White Squall" is up there with the best of them. It's not like "Crimson Tide", "U-571", and those; it's a spectacular coming of age film that has nothing to do with war. Scott Wolf, Ryan Phillippe, and the rest of the crew do a good job of acting, and Jeff Bridges does the best of all in portraying the sternness, yet warm-hearted character that is the Skipper.
If you're a fan of coming of age movies like "Stand By Me", and if you like very entertaining movies that explore the hardships of life to a tee, get "White Squall" right NOW! It's one of the best movies you've never heard of. Example line from the movie: "I don't want it to end. I don't want to go back to what I was before I came here: anonymous".
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White Squall is my personal favorite, not just because of the story and the characters, but because we seldom see movies that tackle male bonding so deep you even can't help but cry while watching it. I could relate to the story because some parts have resemblance to my life. Great cinematography, great acting, very heartwarming. Ridley Scott just became one of my favorite directors after watching the movie. How I wish I was one of the characters. I particularly like the role of Scott Wolf, and actually, he's my favorite, too, because I see myself in him. Genuine FRIENDSHIP, teamwork, and unity are best described by this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know why this isn't a classic Nov. 11 2002
Maybe "classic" is a little bit much, but this movie is probably the most underrated movie I have ever seen. I don't remember much about it in the theater and don't know many people that have watched it. It is one of the top "coming of age" movies made in the past decade or so.
If you liked Dead Poet's Society (DPS is better because of Robin Williams) or A Separate Peace by John Knowles, you will like this movie. It is a movie that leads you on a journey, using a group of rich kids that signed up for a year at sea. Jeff Bridges is the tough captain that sets out to instill discipline and teach them that they must respect him, the ship, and, most importantly, each other.
I won't give away the ending, but the movie succeeds in delivering its messages of honor and individual responsibility. It does a fantastic job of delivering this message while leading you along a journey with Jeff Bridges and the crew of the ship.
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