In October 1991, a dying tropical hurricane from Bermuda collided with a cold front from the Great Lakes, resulting in a "perfect storm" of previously unknown destructive impact that resulted in 100-foot waves; tragically, the crew of a fishing boat was lost in the midst of the fearsome storm. Based on the best-selling book by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm tells the story of the ship's brave and hard-working crew. Billy Tyne (George Clooney), captain of the Andrea Gail, hasn't had much luck finding catch on his most recent trips to sea, and with money short, he and his crew -- Bob Shatford (Mark Wahlberg), Dale Murphy (John C. Reilly), and David Sullivan (William Fichtner) set out again when they hear that the fish are running. Billy's hunch proves correct, but when the ship's refrigeration system goes haywire, they have to return to shore as quickly as possible before the fish spoil, sending them into the middle of the worst storm in history. The supporting cast includes Mary Elziabeth Mastrantonio, Diane Lane, Bob Gunton, and Karen Allen; Wolfgang Petersen, whose breakthrough film was the aquatic wartime drama Das Boot, directed.~Mark Deming
3 commentaries: director Wolfgang Petersen, author Sebastian Junger, visual effects supervisor Stefan Fangmeier and visual effects producer Helen Ostenberg Elswit
3 dynamic documentaries: HBO First Look - Creating The Perfect Storm; Witnesses to the Storm - recollections of the 1991 events that inspired the book; Creating an Emotion - composer James Horner at work
Conceptual art gallery with director commentary
DVD-ROM PC enhanced features: original website and Previsualizing the Storm online documentary gallery links
Languages & subtitles: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec) (feature film only)
This film is definitely worth watching. When this film first came out I honestly didn’t think much about it. I thought it was OK\semi-good, but as time went on and the more I watched it the more I realize this is a great sale.
LOVE this movie!!! I bought it previously in a 4-pack and my mom loved it, she couldn't believe she doesn't have it in her own personal collection. So, in an attempt to do some early Christmas shopping, I bought it. And got an excellent deal on it too in their discount bins at the front of the store!!! Excellent, excellent film!!