White Squall (1996)

White Squall

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Critic Consensus: Though it gets occasionally bogged down by touchy-feely sentiment, White Squall benefits greatly from Jeff Bridges' assured lead performance and Ridley Scott's visceral, exciting direction.


Movie Info

Based on a true incident from 1960, White Squall is the story of the tragic sinking of the Albatross, a prep school educational two-masted schooner, during a Caribbean storm. Screenwriter Todd Robinson wrote the script after meeting one of the tragedy's survivors, Chuck Gieg. In the film, Gieg (Scott Wolf) is the narrator. He and his fellow students, whose parents have paid handsomely for their schooling, which combines classroom work with real-life adventure, are introduced to their grizzled … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 1999
Runtime:

Cast


as Christopher Sheldon

as Dr. Alice Sheldon

as McCrea

as Chuck Gieg

as Frank Beaumont

as Tod Johnstone

as Tracy Lapchick

as Gil Martin

as Robert March

as Dean Preston

as Shay Jennings

as Girard Pascal

as Sanders

as Francis Beaumont

as Sanders

as Charles Gieg

as Middy Gieg

as Peggy Beaumont

as Cuban Commander

as Girl In Brothel

as Ms. Boyde

as Relief Bo'sun

as Crew Member

as Crew Member

as Danish Schoolgirl

as Danish Schoolgirl

as Danish Schoolgirl

as Danish Schoolgirl

as Danish Schoolgirl

as Danish Schoolgirl

as Danish Schoolgirl

as Danish Schoolgirl

as Danish School Girl
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Critic Reviews for White Squall

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

The filmmakers take a rather facile, anachronistic "Oprah"-esque approach toward the boys' feelings about their families and the Skipper's role as a "tough love"-minded surrogate father.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

This particular landlubber felt like jelly for the rest of the day, notwithstanding the hokey courtroom showdown that closes the picture.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Despite great scenery, the distinctive visual ideas of Mr. Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and the strong dramatic presence of Mr. Bridges, most of White Squall remains listless and tame.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Typically, Bridges gives a deftly understated performance uncluttered by vanity or shallow pathos. No wonder he's not a star.

Full Review… | May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The 20 or so minutes we spend with the Albatross in the squall is high adventure, to be sure. Everything else is ballast.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

I enjoyed the movie for the sheer physical exuberance of its adventure.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for White Squall

The strongest force in nature is the will to survive.

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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Schmaltzy. Way too schmaltzy. It's like Dead Poet's Society on a boat. Good ending (unhappy) but overall, a forgettable film.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A group of teenage boys learn discipline, courage, and what it's like to stick together as a unit as they aboard the Albatross and ride it out into the great wide open in the Caribbean. Whether they're there because their parents want them to grow up and learn responsibility, or whether they're there because they want to be, they will all learn the comraderie, the hardships, and everything else that goes along with traveling to sea. All of the good and the bad must come together when the Albatross runs into a white squall, a MAJOR storm at sea.
How could anybody not love "White Squall"? There are a lot of great movies about going out to sea, and "White Squall" is up there with the best of them. It's not like "Crimson Tide", "U-571", and those; it's a spectacular coming of age film that has nothing to do with war. Scott Wolf, Ryan Phillippe, and the rest of the crew do a good job of acting, and Jeff Bridges does the best of all in portraying the sternness, yet warm-hearted character that is the Skipper.

If you're a fan of coming of age movies like "Stand By Me", and if you like very entertaining movies that explore the hardships of life to a tee, get "White Squall" right NOW! It's one of the best movies you've never heard of. Example line from the movie: "I don't want it to end. I don't want to go back to what I was before I came here: anonymous." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2002.

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Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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