• White Squall (1996)

White Squall

Release Date: February 2nd, 1996

DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 1999

PG-13 |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

In 1960, a hardy group of prep school students boards an old-fashioned sailing ship. With Capt. Christopher Sheldon (Jeff Bridges) at the helm, the oceangoing voyage is intended to teach the boys fortitude and discipline. But the youthful crew -- among them confident Chuck Gieg (Scott Wolf), timid Gil Martin (Ryan Phillippe) and self-satisfied Frank Beaumont (Jeremy Sisto) -- are about to get some unexpected instruction in survival when they get caught in the clutches of a white squall storm.

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, Scott Wolf, John Savage, Jeremy Sisto, Ryan Phillippe, David Lascher, Eric Michael Cole

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Friend, Emotional, Growing up, Escape, 1960s, Survival

Ratings & Reviews

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The failures of White Squall are dismaying as well as perplexing. Director Ridley Scott serves up some ravishing images along the way: the stark geometry of the ship's riggings against an azure sky, crew kids scampering along a verdant ridge toward a volcano's silvery crater lake. But the script is a shambles. [06 Feb 1996]

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Amid the action heroics of White Squall, Bridges creates a character of consequence. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Scott is able to make it fresh and lyrical, as well as give us rousingly exciting scenes of nature in eruption. [02 Feb 1996]

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