White Squall

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White Squall ★★½ 1996 (PG-13)

Based on the 1960 true story of 13 young men who become students at Ocean Academy, a year-long adventure spent aboard the brigantine Albatross. Bridges plays the ship's captain and surrogate dad. The boys agonize over their various crises, making the first half of the movie into a veritable “Dead Poets Yachting Society.” However, a sudden storm overtakes the ship in the Caribbean and several crew members are killed. There's a shift to a “Caine Mutiny” type trial in which Bridges must prove the tragedy was not his fault while the survivors rally to his defense. Director Scott excels at showing the fury of nature in the prolonged storm scene, but takes his time getting there. 128m/C VHS, DVD . Jeff Bridges, Scott Wolf, Caroline Goodall, Balthazar Getty, John Savage, Jeremy Sisto, Jason Marsden, David Selby, Zeljko Ivanek, Ryan Phillippe, David Lascher, Eric Michael Cole, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Ethan (Randall) Embry; D: Ridley Scott; W: Todd Robinson; C: Hugh Johnson; M: Jeff Rona.