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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, John Savage, Scott Wolf, Jeremy Sisto
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Charles Gieg Jr., Felix Sutton, Todd Robinson
  • Producers: Ridley Scott, Lauren Lloyd, Mimi Polk Gitlin, Nigel Wooll
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bmg
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087I3A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Christopher Chaldean (Jeff Bridges) and his wife Alice (Caroline Goodall) run a school on board their ship, the Albatross, which offers the chance for teenage boys to experience life on the high seas. In the early 1960s, they take on a crew of eight boys, using their day-to-day nautical activities to teach them about the importance of teamwork. Before the end of the voyage they get caught up in a freak storm which proves to be the ultimate test of their camaraderie. Ridley Scott directs.

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It's a pity this ocean-going 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of Ridley Scott's less well known movies but is still well worth watching. I personally have bought it as I think the sailing/storm sequences are good and that Jeff Bridges (again) gives an excellent performance. Visually the film is very good and the cast do a good job so why 4 stars? Well I feel that this could have been great but was'nt quite there and there are other films that have done it better. 'A Perfect Storm' does, well, storm sequences better and many other movies are as good if not better as 'buddy' type adventures. If you have not seen it though then I thouroughly recommend it as it well worth a couple of hours of anyones time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Stanley on 1 Jun. 2004
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This film got slated by many critics, but I think it's great. You are taken through the life of one adolecent male making friends and relations of young men of his age and trying to get on in the world. It is a long film, yet it is not felt as you watch it. The acting, the direction and the photography are outstanding and you are taken through many emotions. If you want a deep and meaningful film, then this is the one for you. Ryan Phillippe steals the show on many occassions and quite rightly so, yet all the young men work off each other very well. Jeff Bridges is always outstanding in all that he does, this film is no exception. Well worth the five stars in my opinion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simona Gurbo on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
It's a great film by Ridley Scott, the ship and scenery being one of the main characters of the film. Unfortunately all the beauty of the ship and sea, and spectacular scenery is overshadowed by the poor (very poor!) quality of the DVD.

My main complaint is about the graininess of the film, as well as missing additional features - no additional audio versions, no subtitles, no commentaries and nothing from "behind the scenes". Pity... This film deserved much more than this.

If you're willing - I suggest you wait for another improved version.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
This isn't the type of film I would ever usually think of watching. The only reason I did was because I couldn't sleep one night while it was on TV, so I ended up watching it, and I'm so glad I did!
It's such an amazing film. It's not only about the ship, but about the relationships the boys build and the fears they overcome. The dolphin scene was horrible, but on the DVD I can skip past it, so thats OK.
It's a very sad film too, and it's good that you can feel such empathy with the characters. All of the boys do a great job in this film, I absolutely loved it!
And I'm usually a chick-flick kinda girl!
Anyone considering watching this definitely should!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jarle L. Nyvoll on 15 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
I owned this film on laserdisc - who remembers that format? - when it was first released. I thought it to be one of Ridley Scott's least interesting films - more or less an inferior retread of Dead Poets Society, in the vein of the equally unoriginal Dangerous Minds and Scent Of A Woman. There is a bit of eye-candy in the experience, though; both the landscape and the comely boys are rather easy on the eyes. And Ridley Scott knows how to compose his shots. So far, so average.

This DVD version of the film, however, is a cropped print of the original 2,35:1 original. My original laserdisc version offered less resolution, but the picture was immensely better. The DVD version is cropped down to about 1,85:1, i.e. standard 16:9, and it feels claustrophobic - and it's not supposed to. Avoid this release - wait for a better one to come along.

If you consider the film important enough.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Turner on 12 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
With masterpieces like Alien, Blade Runner and the criminally underrated 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Ridley Scott is one of my favourite directors. White Squall is something of a disappointment in that respect, but it certainly deserved better than the lukewarm reviews and dismal performance at the box-office it received. The plot follows the true story of a group of teenage boys as they do a lot of growing up on a ship lead by Ahab-like captain, Jeff Bridges. Unfortunately Todd Robinson's screenplay spoils what should have been an extraordinary tale of maturity and bravery by packing in far too many rites-of-passage clichés with a strangely tacked on finale straight out of Dead Poets' Society and I wonder what Scott saw in the script to begin with. He is after all, a director who usually sets standards that others follow, rather than the other way round. On the positive side, Scott's stunning visuals are all present and correct, with the golden photography and queasy camera-work perfectly capturing the force of the sea like no other film I have seen. Jeff Bridges once again proves why he is one of Hollywood's most unjustly ignored actors, giving a forceful performance that rises above the stereotype in the script. The youngsters are all excellent as well and the whole film is an oddly compulsive affair, with the storm of the title, when it comes is technically brilliant as it is terrifying and moving, but this could have been a classic if only it had a better script.
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Format: DVD
It is a moving film and has a decent cast featuring Jeff Bridges, but remains not one of Scott's best films
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By André van Riel on 10 Jan. 2014
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I like ships, I like the sea and a good coming of age movie which is based on a true story.
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