This extraordinary true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history goes back in 1952 when a massive winter storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, ripping a T-2 oil tanker in half and trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly sinking stern. When word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard, four men led by Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) set out in a 12-seat boat on a daring mission to rescue the stranded men, braving freezing cold, 60-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, and guided by Webber’s vow that “We all live, or we all die.” Packed with thrilling, larger-than-life action and anchored in a belief in the strength of the human spirit, The Finest Hours is a triumph.
Based on Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman’s 2010 book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue, the Blu-ray release of the film allows viewers to enjoy additional content such an all-new documentary, Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story in which real-life residents of Chatham recall the events that set the stage for the film’s historic rescue mission. Other special features include:
- Brotherhood – Cast members reflect on the bonds they forged during the shoot.
- Two Crews – Chris Pine and Casey Affleck share insights into Bernie Webber and Ray Sybert, men who led their respective crews against all odds.
- What Is Your Finest Hour? – A Coast Guard member recounts an incredible rescue.
- The Finest Inspiration: The U.S. Coast Guard – Meet the people who put their lives on the line for others.
- Deleted Scenes: A Desperate Idea; The Story of How They Met
These special features may vary according to retailer, so check out with your local stores on what they offer.
The Finest Hours debuted in US theaters last January, starring Chris Pine; Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. The film is directed by Craig Gillespie and produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero under the pen of Oscar nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson.