The Finest Hours - Poster art
The Finest Hours - Poster art ©2016 Disney Enterprises

The Finest Hours is a heroic action-thriller starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana which tells the story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission.

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The Finest Hours Official Lowdown


The remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 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 directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger. John Ortiz and Eric Bana.

Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, with a screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J Tougias and Casey Sherman.


The Finest Hours Theatrical Release dates

US and Canada: January 29th 2016
UK: February 19th 2016

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online