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White Squall (1996)

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Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Charles Gieg Jr. (book), Felix Sutton (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Sheldon 'Skipper'
Caroline Goodall ... Dr. Alice Sheldon
John Savage ... McCrea
Scott Wolf ... Chuck Gieg
Jeremy Sisto ... Frank Beaumont
Ryan Phillippe ... Gil Martin
David Lascher ... Robert March
Eric Michael Cole ... Dean Preston
Jason Marsden ... Shay Jennings
David Selby ... Francis Beaumont
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Girard Pascal (as Julio Mechoso)
Zeljko Ivanek ... Sanders
Balthazar Getty ... Tod Johnstone
Ethan Embry ... Tracy Lapchick
Jordan Clarke Jordan Clarke ... Charles Gieg
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Storyline

A true story about a group of American teenage boys who crew a school sailing ship to gain experience, discipline, or whatever their parents feel they lack. The voyage is a true adventure for them all but it has its downs as well as ups. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

The Adventure Of a Lifetime Turns Into the Ultimate Challenge of Survival! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Danish | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 1996 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

White Squall - Reißende Strömung See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,908,514, 4 February 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,300,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Danish school girls in the movie were meant to be French school girls in the original script. This change came about as a casting director who searched for French-speaking and -looking actresses met Danish actress Camilla Overbye Roos. The casting director wanted to cast her but she could not speak French. Overbye-Roos then suggested changing the French girls to Danish girls. The casting director asked her to find suitable Danish girls (which were found by contacting Danish exchange students and au-pair girls in America). Photos and screen test of the girls that were found were then sent to director Ridley Scott who approved the change. See more »

Goofs

About 5 minutes into the film when Charles Gieg (Scott Wolf) readies to board a bus, there are three Marines in the background. Between a short cut, two of them change position. See more »

Quotes

Captain Christopher "Skipper" Sheldon: You know what's out there? Wind and rain, and some damn big waves, reefs and rocks, sandbars, and enough fog and night to hide it all.
Dean Preston: So why the hell do it?
Captain Christopher "Skipper" Sheldon: It builds character Mr. Preston of which you are in desperately short supply. The kind you only find on mountaintops, and deserts, and battlefields, and across oceans.
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Connections

References Peter Pan (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

YELLOW BASKET
Written by Duke Reid & Tommy McCook
Performed by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
Courtesy of Priestman Music
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Great film
29 June 2005 | by i_wanna_b_bad87See all my reviews

I love this film, it about a bunch of boys who either get sent on this ship to get disciplined by their parents or some just choose to escape their lives, They take it for granted tho, they don't realise how much hard work it will be. The ship and their captain take them on a journey, a journey that will probably change their lives forever, facing their fears and coming to grips with their lives, they learn a lot and pull together as a team. A truly moving story and another great film by Ridley Scott. From struggles to strengths, this is an inspiring film to watch with many good actors, Jeff bridges is really good for this role playing a tough, wise teacher for the boys. I love this as it is based on a true story, it makes it even more moving.


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