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Six members of a North Atlantic fishing crew, whose boat has just sunk while out on a fishing trip, have managed to take refuge in two of the lifeboats, which they have tied together in their vow to stay together as they try to make their way back to safety. They have also managed to salvage many supplies, including some food and water, which falls to regimented Gib to ration according to Captain Gerald's timetable. With only a compass in hand and no sight of either land or other marine vessels, they can only guess where they are, which Gerald does, believing rightly or wrongly that at the speed and frequency they are rowing, they should hit land in six or seven days barring any unforeseen circumstances. For good or bad, Merv and "Young" Dickie further have each other emotionally as father and son, the devout Christian dad who is tough on his naive son, for who this trip is his first in his want to be a fishing boat captain his own right in the future. Despite their precarious situation, the mood among the six is relatively light. That mood is also despite the serious gash in the right arm of Mannie, the first mate, that wound which has the strong possibility of getting infected unless he gets some immediate professional medical attention. As their situation becomes more dire, the question becomes whether their solidarity will hold strong, especially with outspoken Pete among the group. —Huggo
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Gosh,I really loved this movie.It is a work of art on many levels.Superb acting)i never felt that they were acting) ,moments of tenderness and fragility while 6 manly men battle their way across the ocean with sailor songs and sailor humor.Aportrait of 6 men each with there own reason for wanting to survive.I wish I could say more about it but i can only keep seeing the greyness and the boats in the mist.Ragged men brought to the brink of madness,brought to edge of despair.But as men of the sea will do,they buck up and rally and row..on and on and on.The drama is in their expressions and dialogue.The protagonist is the sea.The hero is the captain of course..as he refuses to abandon any of his men.There is so much hope..and I realized early on that I didn't care so much if they made it or not..i just felt I was with them for better or worse and that was enough.
- Dec 17, 2015
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