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I might have mentioned it before, but if not, I have a love for the Coast Guard. I’m sure it has a little something to do with my dad having attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served for several years. My parents were married at the Academy and I was born when he was in his last year of teaching there. That being said, I am looking forward to watching The Finest Hours which shines a light on the important rescue work the U.S. Coast Guard provides. (They are active up here in Alaska with a station in Kodiak.)
About The Finest Hours
A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.
On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern.
As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast.
Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.
Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” stormed into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D.
Watch this trailer for The Finest Hours
While there are a few different trailers out for The Finest Hours, this one is a favorite as it is more about the U.S. Coast Guard than the movie. Take a look and tell me what you think!
Beyond my dad’s time of service, I have other friends and acquaintances who served in the Coast Guard. I even spent a week during the summer before my senior year of high school exploring the possibility of attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Some day, I might share photos from my archives, but for now here’s one of my dad all young and handsome in his uniform!
Will you be watching The Finest Hours?
Do you have a personal connection to the United States Coast Guard?