The Finest Hours

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Finest Hours (2016 Movie)

“Disney’s The Finest Hours” is a 2016 historical disaster film based on the true story of the SS Pendleton rescue mission that occurred off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1952. The movie is directed by Craig Gillespie and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

The story revolves around a massive nor’easter storm that hits the New England coast, splitting the SS Pendleton, a T2 tanker, in half. The film follows the brave and heroic actions of the Coast Guard crew stationed in Chatham, Massachusetts, led by Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernard “Bernie” Webber, portrayed by Chris Pine.

After learning about the Pendleton’s predicament, Bernie and his three-man crew embark on a daring rescue mission in a small wooden lifeboat called the CG 36500, braving treacherous seas and extreme weather conditions. The team faces enormous challenges and puts their lives on the line to save the stranded crew members of the Pendleton.

The movie also delves into the experiences of the Pendleton crew members, who fight for survival in the rapidly sinking stern of the ship. The characters of Ray Sybert, played by Casey Affleck, and the other crew members show incredible courage and ingenuity as they try to stay alive until help arrives.

“Disney’s The Finest Hours” showcases themes of bravery, selflessness, and teamwork in the face of adversity. It pays tribute to the real-life heroes who risked everything to save others during the dangerous rescue operation.

The film received praise for its realistic portrayal of the events and the captivating performances of the cast. The special effects and cinematography were also lauded for creating a tense and immersive atmosphere, capturing the raw power of the storm and the courage of the rescuers.

While “Disney’s The Finest Hours” may not be as well-known as some other Disney blockbusters, it remains a compelling and gripping drama that highlights the extraordinary feats of ordinary people in times of crisis. The movie is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the bravery of those who serve in the United States Coast Guard.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $151.4 million
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  • Chris Pine: Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernard “Bernie” Webber
  • Casey Affleck: Ray Sybert
  • Ben Foster: Seaman Richard Livesey
  • Holliday Grainger: Miriam Pentinen Webber
  • Eric Bana: Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff
  • Graham McTavish: Frank “Pop” Fauteux
  • Kyle Gallner: Engineman Third Class Andrew Fitzgerald
  • Michael Raymond-James: A.B. Seaman D.A. Brown
  • John Magaro: Seaman Ervin Maske
  • Abraham Benrubi: George “Tiny” Myers
  • Keiynan Lonsdale: Eldon Hanan
  • John Ortiz: Seaman Wallace Quirey
  • Beau Knapp: Mel “Gus” Gouthro
  • Josh Stewart: Tchuda Southerland
  • Rachel Brosnahan: Bea Hansen
  • Matthew Maher: Carl Nickerson
  • Benjamin Koldyke: Donald Bangs


  • Director: Craig Gillespie
  • Producers: Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero
  • Music: Carter Burwell

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I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other site isDMR.