White Squall Reviews

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ScoopOnline
Super Reviewer
December 16, 2009
The strongest force in nature is the will to survive.
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2009
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.
garyX
Super Reviewer
May 13, 2007
One of Ridley Scott's less interesting offerings, this ocean bound adventure is typically nicely shot, but the onboard soulsearching is contrived and uninteresting. An interest in and knowledge of sailing would probably help. But I have neither.
sanjurosamurai
Super Reviewer
½ January 22, 2007
great movie, jeff bridges was really good
Super Reviewer
½ June 5, 2008
I loved this classic movie of a man turning boys to men in this classic pic of boating adventure. It's good.
½ August 3, 2012
Jeff Bridges' 1996 starring vehicle, White Squall, was originally marketed as an action movie. But the reality of this high seas story is that it is a coming of age story for a group of young men aboard a windjammer. That's not entirely a bad thing, though. While most of the movie's marketing is centered around the story's final climactic storm scene, it's the story itself that makes this movie worth the watch.

Writer Todd Robinson's adaptation of Charles Gieg, Jr. and Felix Sutton's book The Last Voyage of the Albatross, will keep its audience's attention for its entire two hour and seven minute run time. As the young men are learning the basics of seamanship before heading out of port, Robinson foreshadows the troubles to come when one of them comes far too close to accidentally hanging himself. It rather contradicts the belief that the albatross is a good luck charm. For those that may not know, this is a direct reference to Samuel Ttaylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Rather than having good luck, the young men have to face Cuban miltiary forces on their way to the infamous Bay of Pigs and even an unstable crewmate who does something so terrible that it makes Sheldon (Jeff Bridges) throw him off of the boat. They also have to get shots for STD's after their encounters with a group of Dutch girls to whom they play host to for a short while. Through it all, the crew becomes close friends, and grow to be men during their voyage, helping to save each other in the final climactic storm scene.

The only real major downside to this entire movie would be that after the final storm scene, the story drags on for roughly another twenty minutes or so that it didn't need. Other than that, White Squall is a good action/drama that still holds its own over fifteen years after its original debut.
August 30, 2011
Jeff Bridge plays his character so tough and strong as the captain of a school sailing ship that it hits that much harder when his vulnerabilities finally show through. Great performance. I think this is the shortest that JB's hair has ever been.
½ September 8, 2010
Very heartfelt and some sad parts too, an amazing true story movie that keeps you together as you hope they all pull together as one. Jeff Bridges, Scott Wolf and the rest do outstanding performances
August 7, 2006
This was a really good true story! I would have rated it higher but for a couple of things that kept the movie from flowing better--they should have explained more about what they were doing before we were plunged into the story...but all in all, good performances and a great story~really sad though.
½ January 9, 2008
After seeing the Big Lebowski its kind of hard to take Jeff Bridges seriously. Nonetheless White Squall is still a good and suspensful movie.
½ April 30, 2007
A bunch of teen boys on a boat, in the middle of nowhere, under the hot hot sun. If you can ignore the smoldering eye candy, the story is pretty good too. But they didn't need to kill off Ryan Phillippe :(
½ January 18, 2007
An under-appreciated coming-of-age story with a handsome cast and the usual sad twist. Gay men will drool :) I know I did. Even enjoyed the story, too. What a bonus!
½ October 31, 2006
A touching story of friendship, betrayal and loss. Everyone should watch this movie. It has a lot of big names in it.
½ June 15, 2006
If you like sailing you'll like this movie. Jeff Bridges plays a techer taking a bunch of young men going on a boat and learning about themselves and life. It's amazingly well shot and has some of the most beautiful shots of sailing ever captured. Ridley Scott shows how versitile he is by directing this movie.
April 27, 2015
Overly melodramatic in parts but a pretty well done action adventure regardless.
January 26, 2014
Perhaps a little sappy, Scott's seafaring tale still packs a punch, thanks to great chemistry from its young cast and a spectacular storm climax.
November 23, 2013
I loved this film, even though it has it's sappy moments. It's a great adventure story for the young and old, and when the squall hits it leaves you on the edge of your seat - it makes the sap worth sitting through.
September 27, 2013
It's amazing that a movie that doesn't seem appealing from the cover turns out to be an absolute masterpiece. Everything is perfectly done in this film and it is among Ridley Scotts best films to date.
July 7, 2013
Coming of age film where school is located on a sailboat. Entertaining but flawed. The film takes a long build-up to the big storm scene and then fizzles. The most exciting part of the movies is over in a moment and there was no suspenseful clues so that the storm scene comes and goes quickly without warning. Then the rest of the movie tries to find a way to end the story neatly including the requisite main character voice over epilogue. A formula movie with interesting acting that ultimately dies from the script.
½ June 9, 2013
Not entirely satisfying coming of age adventure. The soul is missing, it fails to entice.
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