White Squall [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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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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'
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".
But what sets "White Squall" apart from that long ago era of filmmaking are the modern conflicts the handful of youthful protagonists, high school students on a seasonal seafaring voyage, must go through. These kids, effectively played by such future stars as Scott Wolf and Ryan Phillipe, are dealing with a variety of painful issues including parental conflict, parental control and society rejection. What they learn from their stern captain/teacher and his colorfully eccentric crew are the lessons most children must eventually embrace -- the rewards of teamwork, discipline and nobility.
Bridges, in yet another terrific performance to add to his respectful resume, plays a no-nosense ship captain who leads a group of high school students on a seafaring voyage across the Caribbean and beyond. During their adventure, they encounter exotic locales, the Cuban military, first love and eventually, a terrifying storm bearing the ominous meteorological phenomenon known as the white squall.
Most viewers have probably seen such high adventures before, and the eventual resolution, where the boys band together as one to honor their befallen captain, is certainly not the most original of conclusions. But just beneath the surface of "White Squall," likely fueled by the vision of director Ridley Scott, is a celluoid tribute to a simpler more innocent time.Read more ›
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case was broken when arrived. i hate to pay for something new that arrives already broken....even if its only the case..not the dvd. Read morePublished 22 months ago by melanie
First of all, the characters all look alike and the names aint mentioned often so u dunno which guy is which. Since i gotta do a report on dis movie it aint much help. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
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... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Michael Bolts
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003
This movie was really stupid. A bunch of hormonal teenage guys trown together on a boat does not appeal to me. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003
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... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2002 by Robinson Salonga