DirectorRidley Scott Initial DVD releaseJune 22, 1999 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 2, 1996 (1996-02-02) Based onThe Last Voyage of the Albatross
by Charles Gieg WriterCharles Gieg Jr. (book), Felix Sutton (book), Todd Robinson CastJeff Bridges (Captain Christopher 'Skipper' Sheldon), Caroline Goodall (Dr. Alice Sheldon), John Savage (McCrea, Albatross Crewman), Scott Wolf (Charles 'Chuck' Gieg), Jeremy Sisto (Frank Beaumont), Ryan Phillippe (Gil Martin) Similar moviesRelated Ridley Scott movies
White Squall is a 1996 American drama feature film, directed by Ridley Scott. It is a coming of age film in which a group of high school and college age teen-agers sign up for several months of training aboard a sail ship, a brigantine, and travel around half the globe when suddenly they are challenged by a severe storm. The film stars Jeff Bridges in the role of the captain, called "Skipper", his wife played by Caroline Goodall, and a supporting cast portraying a group of nearly a dozen student sailors.
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The film is based on the fate of the brigantine Albatross, which sank May 2, 1961, allegedly because of a white squall. The film relates the ill-fated school sailing trip led by Dr. Christopher B. Sheldon (Jeff Bridges), whom the boys call "Skipper". He is tough and teaches them discipline. He forms a close connection with all-American Chuck Gieg (Scott Wolf), troubled rich kid Frank Beaumont (Jeremy Sisto), shy Gil Martin (Ryan Phillippe) and bad-boy Dean Preston (Eric Michael Cole). On the first days, it is discovered that one of the student crew members, Gil Martin, suffers from acrophobia and does not even try to rescue Chuck, who nearly chokes to death when he becomes entangled in some rigging after slipping from one of the masts. After Chuck was saved by Skipper Sheldon, Gil is ordered to climb the ropes,, which he ultimately cannot do, and is assigned to alternative limited duty while on board.
Eventually, the brigantine puts into shore and the boys take their leave on the island. One of the boy's wealthy father and mother come to visit their son Frank for a surprise visit while the crew is in port. Frank is upset that the visit seems poorly timed by his overbearing parents, and he becomes separated from the boys and their festivities when his parents require him to go out to "steak dinner" with them. The father and son end up in a fist fight and become further estranged by the incident and the parent's surprise visit. After a night of festivities, the crew set out to sea again on the next day.
When a white squall threatens their ship, the boys try to use what Skipper has taught them to survive the horrific ordeal.
Jeff Bridges as Christopher "Skipper" Sheldon
Caroline Goodall as Alice Sheldon
John Savage as McCrea
Scott Wolf as Chuck Gieg
Jeremy Sisto as Frank Beaumont
Ryan Phillippe as Gil Martin
Eric Michael Cole as Dean Preston
Julio Oscar Mechoso as Girard Pascal
Balthazar Getty as Tod Johnstone
Jason Marsden as Shay Jennings
David Lascher as Robert March
Ethan Embry as Tracy Lapchick
David Selby as Francis Beaumont
Jordan Clarke as Charles Gieg, Sr.
Željko Ivanek as Capt. Sanders
James Rebhorn as Capt. Tyler
Jill Larson as Peggy Beaumont
Lizzy Mackay as Middy Gieg
Part of the film was shot using a horizon tank in Malta, with a full-sized mock-up of the ship, the Eye of the Wind, used to depict the Albatross in scenes shot mainly in the Caribbean. Maurice Jarre was originally scheduled to compose the original score, but was replaced by Hans Zimmer's protégé Jeff Rona. Zimmer was set to replace Jarre but failed to commit due to time difficulties. The song in the end credits is Valparaiso by Sting.
The film received mixed to positive reviews and holds a 62% based on 34 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus stating: "Though it gets occasionally bogged down by touchy-feely sentiment, White Squall benefits greatly from Jeff Bridges' assured lead performance and Ridley Scott's visceral, exciting direction". White Squall, like Scott's previous film, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, was a box office disappointment.
Roger Ebert gave it three stars. In his review he said "I enjoyed the movie for the sheer physical exuberance of its adventure."