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The Perfect Storm

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Wolfgang Petersen

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Plot Summary

Sebastian Junger's phenomenal best seller hits the screen starring George Clooney as the veteran skipper of a fishing boat on a collision course with fate in the suspense-filled true story of The Perfect Storm. Just days after returning from a disappointing fishing trip, Andrea Gail captain Billy Tyne (Clooney) decides to return to the sea to trawl for swordfish one last time before the season ends. From the port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Tyne and a five-man crew that includes seaman Bobby Shatford (Mark Wahlberg) set sail for the Flemish Cap, rich fishing grounds far beyond the vessel's normal range. Out at sea, Tyne learns of an impending storm but thinks he can outrun it. Little does he know that he's contending with not one but three weather fronts that unite to create the fiercest, most destructive storm of the 20th century!Less

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 132
  • Fresh: 62
  • Rotten: 70
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A sense of reality is essential, and it's sorely lacking. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: A picture that leaves one thinking less about the fates of the characters than about how the actors had to spend most of their working days soaking wet. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: This movie is capable of hitting you with gale force. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Perfect Storm is much more than a seagoing Twister. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This is ones the bests movies that I have watched in a long time, Leadership, fellowship and comradeship, unifying the man in a major life surviving, just awesome. I felt disappointed in the end, but I give up, life is what is, there is no what if the end was different. I am touched, for this movie.

Awesome movie!!!

Great cast, great story, great acting. Love the movie and happy to see it available on Itunes.

Coast Guard boat in the movie

My son was in the Coast Guard when this movie was released. He waited to see it until I came to visit.
At the time he was stationed in California but we are a New England family and as the movie opened we looked at each other and said that's our ocean, not the Pacific.

The story was well translated to film from the book. It also gives one a good feel for the life of a northeasten fisherman and for the doomed crew, a fine and respectful feel for their fate.

The ONLY problem with the movie was not quite the fault of the makers, but I do not really know who did this.. there was a Coast Guard boat that was involved in one of the rescues in real life as well as the book and movie.

She was the WME 166 USCGC Tamaroa, which my son had been stationed on but by the time of the storm had been transfered off. She's kind of a different looking boat, having been a former navel cutter called the Zuni.

The point I'm getting to is that in seas such as the storm, the captain can refuse to take the boat out, feeling the situation is likely to result in the loss of the boat and crew.

The Captain took the boat out, and not one crew member refused to go. And they did rescue all who they went to rescue. A 300 foot cargo ship sank in the storm and the Tam was a lot less than the cargo ship.

The Coast Guard goes out so that others may live. I'm proud of that boat.

And the well done movie

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2000

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