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The Finest Hours (2016)



Critic Consensus: Old-fashioned to a fault, The Finest Hours will satisfy those seeking a traditional rescue drama - but may leave more adventurous viewers wanting more.

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Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias' book detailing a daring 1952 Coast Guard rescue off the New England seaboard comes to the screen in this Disney film produced by Jim Whitaker (Take Me Home Tonight, The Odd Life of Timothy Green). James Tamasy and Eric Johnson team to pen the screenplay. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for intense sequences of peril)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Chris Pine
as Bernie Webber
Casey Affleck
as Ray Sybert
Ben Foster
as Richard Livesey
Eric Bana
as Daniel Cluff
Josh Stewart
as Tchuda Southerland
John Ortiz
as Seaman Wallace Quirey
Kyle Gallner
as Andy Fitzgerald
Graham McTavish
as Frank Fauteux
Rachel Brosnahan
as Bea Hansen
John Magaro
as Ervin Maske
Abraham Benrubi
as Tiny Myers
Keiynan Lonsdale
as Eldon Hanan
Beau Knapp
as Mel Gouthro
Kristen Annese
as Principal Dancer
Larry Eudene
as Pendleton Crew #3 Whistle Blower
Matthew Maher
as Carl Nickerson
London Hall
as Fisherman's Wife
Patrick Walsh
as Pendleton Crew #1
Alexander Cook
as John Stello
Kate Jurdi
as Dancer
Karl Carlo Green
as Driver/Dancer
John Gigliotti
as U.S. Coast Guard
Jesse Gabbard
as Domingo Garcia
Steve Rasetta
as Seaman #4
Justin Blanchard
as Wayne Wilson - Hi Hat Dancer
Kate Crowley
as Local Town Folk #1
Roberto Lopez
as Pendleton Crew #2
Robert Glenn
as Reporter #2
Angela Hope Smith
as Catherine Paine
Jay Street
as Seaman #5
Harley Harrison
as Seaman #6
Stew Replogle
as Townie
Danny Connelly (II)
as Dave Ryder
George J. Vezina
as Chatham Fisherman
Michael Marchand
as Bangs Crew Coast Guard
Gene Harrison
as Pendelton Crew Member #5
Nicholas Varga
as Close Up on the Dock!
Lance Norris
as Fisherman
Bobby Kenney
as Townfolk
Polly Pillsbury
as Local Townsfolk #2
Michael Maggiani
as Bell Telephone Supervisor
Trevor Dylan
as Party Guest (as Trevor Benoit)
Rachel Ramey
as Featured Dancer
Savannah Rae Allen
as Eliza (Soda Fountain Waitress)
John Vincent Mason
as Pendelton Crew #6
Doug McHugh
as Dancer
Joseph Aubrey II
as Paramedic on Dock
Joseph Aubrey II
as Paramedic on Dock
Thomas Brogan
as Townsfolk #3
Savanna Young
as Norris-Townsfolk
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Critic Reviews for The Finest Hours

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (35)

I expected nothing special and wound up being thoroughly exhilarated.

Full Review… | February 4, 2016
New York Observer
Top Critic

Too few of Hollywood's recent offerings can boast such a simple throughline and know when to wrap it up.

Full Review… | February 1, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

A remarkable tale, confusingly told. Impressive storm sequences and a very good Pine almost save the day.

Full Review… | January 29, 2016
Top Critic

Maybe it's just the History Channel junkie in me, but I would much rather be seeing a documentary about this mission than a trumped-up drama featuring brand-name actors and CGI squalls.

Full Review… | January 29, 2016
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It feels like a parody of a prestige film, like one of the fake Oscar trailers in "Tropic Thunder."

Full Review… | January 29, 2016
Tribune News Service
Top Critic

A straight-up Boys' Own adventure yarn, set sincerely and squarely in early '50s New England but gussied up with plenty of 21st-century StormWave CGI.

Full Review… | January 29, 2016
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours is a thrilling disaster film about the one of the most daring rescue missions in American Coast Guard history. In 1952 two cargo ships were split in half by a deadly storm off the coast of New England, and while the crew of one of the ships struggled to keep afloat a rescue team fought against impossibly odds to get to them. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana lead the cast and give fairly decent performances. And the special effects are incredibly good, creating some amazing scenes of the cargo ship's destruction and rescue ship's fight to climb the ocean waves. But the writing is rather weak, and doesn't really develop the characters very well. Still, The Finest Hours is a fascinating story about the strength of human spirit to persevere and overcome adversity.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Despite great special effects, the script is a wreck and the talented cast give completely underwhelming performances. Drowning in silly Disney naivety and sentimentality, this project should have been scuttled before it ran aground on the big screen.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Everyone does their best "quiet and unassuming" in this Disney heroic family paean to whitebread. Within those limits, and using that crazy CGI tech to simulate kra-kra-crazy waterworks, a simple story, simply told. Nothing offensive here (excepting the idea of hiding in plain sight that yer being offensive), move along, move along. I enjoyed the actors, especially Bana, working their accents.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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