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The Finest Hours - A historical disaster

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2016 | 1:00 AM
‘The Finest Hours’ tells the true story of the Pendleton rescue mission attempt in 1952.

In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot-high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.

The Finest Hours is an American historical disaster drama film directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Scott Silver, Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, based on the 2009 book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. The film is based on the true story of the Pendleton rescue mission attempt in 1952 by Coast Guard ships, and stars Chris Pine (Star Trek), Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and John Ortiz.