White Squall

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

White Squall (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“White Squall” is a drama film released in 1996, directed by Ridley Scott. The movie stars Jeff Bridges as Captain Christopher “Skipper” Sheldon, Caroline Goodall as Dr. Alice Sheldon, and Scott Wolf as Chuck Gieg.

The story is based on real events and follows the journey of Captain Sheldon and his crew of young boys on board the sailing ship Albatross. The film is set in the early 1960s and centers around the challenging and transformative experience of these boys as they embark on a year-long educational voyage at sea.

The Albatross serves as a floating school, aiming to teach the boys valuable life lessons and instill discipline and responsibility through the rigors of sailing and teamwork.

As the boys form strong bonds with each other and with their captain, they learn valuable life lessons, encounter both triumphs and tragedies, and face the immense power of nature, including a ferocious white squall that puts their skills and determination to the test.

“White Squall” is known for its stunning visuals, powerful performances, and emotional depth. The film explores themes of friendship, courage, and the coming-of-age experiences of young men navigating the challenges of adolescence and adulthood.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics but has earned a dedicated following among audiences who appreciate its poignant and uplifting portrayal of adventure, camaraderie, and personal growth.

“White Squall” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a touching and thought-provoking drama that captures the spirit of adventure and the transformative power of life-changing experiences. It remains a captivating and inspiring film that celebrates the resilience and strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Additional Details


  • Jeff Bridges: Captain Christopher “Skipper” Sheldon
  • Caroline Goodall: Alice Sheldon
  • John Savage: McCrea
  • Scott Wolf: Chuck Gieg
  • Jeremy Sisto: Frank Beaumont
  • Ryan Phillippe: Gil Martin
  • Eric Michael Cole: Dean Preston
  • Julio Oscar Mechoso: Girard Pascal
  • Balthazar Getty: Tod Johnstone
  • Jason Marsden: Shay Jennings
  • David Lascher: Robert March
  • Ethan Embry: Tracy Lapchick
  • David Selby: Francis Beaumont
  • Jordan Clarke: Charles Gieg, Sr.
  • Željko Ivanek: Capt. Sanders
  • James Rebhorn: Capt. Tyler
  • Jill Larson: Peggy Beaumont
  • Lizzy Mackay: Middy Gieg


  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Producers: Mimi Polk Gitlin and Rocky Lang
  • Screenplay: Todd Robinson

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