The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

Taglines: 32 survivors, room for 12.

Bernard “Bernie” Webber, a crewman at the Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, has fallen in love with a local girl, Miriam Pentinen. The two plan to marry on April 16, but as per Coast Guard regulations, Bernie must seek permission from the station’s commander, Daniel Cluff. On the day he is due to ask permission, Bernie is dispatched to pilot his lifeboat, CG 36500, to rescue the oil tanker, SS Pendleton, which broke in half off the Chatham coast after getting caught in a nor’easter. Bernie takes Andrew Fitzgerald, Ervin Maske, and Richard P. Livesey as his crew.

When Miriam hears about this, she, like a number of other townspeople, thinks this is a suicide mission. Few people in Chatham trust Cluff, since he isn’t from the area and doesn’t know its treacherous weather. Miriam even goes as far as to drive to the station and urge Cluff to call Bernie back. Cluff refuses, and brusquely orders Miriam out.

Bernie steers CG 36500 to the stricken tanker, even though he loses his compass along the way. Even though his boat is only designed to take on 12 people, Bernie manages to rescue 32 crewmen. Relying on his knowledge of the coast in place of his compass, he turns CG 36500 toward home–a task made more difficult when Chatham loses power. However, Miriam and the other townspeople drive their cars to the pier and turn on their headlights to guide Bernie in.

The Finest Hours is an American disaster drama film directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Scott Silver, Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, based on the 2009 book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. The film is based on the true story of the Pendleton rescue mission attempt in 1952 by Coast Guard ships, wherein two oil tankers were split asunder by a nor’easter. The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats on January 29, 2016.

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The Finest Hours

Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Eric Bana, Michael Raymond-James, Casey Affleck, Rachel Brosnahan, Abraham Benrubi
Screenplay by: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy
Production Design by: Michael Corenblith
Cinematography by: Javier Aguirresarobe
Film Editing by: Tatiana S. Riegel
Costume Design by: Louise Frogley
Art Direction by: William Ladd Skinner
Music by: Carter Burwell
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of peril.
StudioB Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: January 29, 2016