White Squall
Entertainment: +3 1/2
Acceptability: -2

In the fall of 1960, 13 teenage boys leave home to become students in Ocean Academy, a highly selective floating prep school. They spend a year at sea as the crew of the Albatross, a two-masted sailing vessel. Some come for discipline and some come to escape problems at home. But they experience loyalty, love, and friendship as they face their fears while being pushed beyond adolescence into manhood. As the Albatross nears the end of her voyage, she is struck by a freak weather condition known as a white squall. Six boys and two staff members die. When the survivors are rescued and sent home, they must decide whether to blame Skipper Christopher Sheldon (Jeff Bridges) for the tragic deaths or to praise him for saving their lives. Remaining true to the actual events, this film is told from the perspective of a boy aboard, Chuck Gieg (Scott Wolf). It's an electrifying true story that will absorb viewers emotionally, sometimes taking them under, then uplifting them.

WHITE SQUALL is difficult to watch at times because each boy must conquer his fears. Gil Martin (Ryan Phillippe) is afraid of heights, but the Skipper forces him to climb the masts. Although he climbs with Gil, the boy's sheer terror causes him to lose control of his bladder when they reach the top. In another extremely disturbing scene, Frank (Jeremy Sisto) takes his anger out on a dolphin by spearing him. The crew is unable to save the mortally wounded mammal, and the Skipper hands Frank a mallet to finish the job. Even more disturbing, however, is the white squall. Boys get tangled in the ship's ropes and trapped in the ship's cabins and drown. The Skipper watches helplessly as his wife dies during the storm as the ship sinks. Further, there is vomiting and a great deal of foul language and drinking. In addition, sex is implied a few times, once between the boys and a prostitute. Much too intense for children, WHITE SQUALL is not for the squeamish of any age or for those who are offended by foul language.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
Distributor: Buena Vista Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

Crude Language: Many (20) times - Mild 15, Moderate 5
Obscene Language: Many (10) times - S-word 2, other 8
Profanity: Many (11) times - Regular 3 (GD), Exclamatory 8
Violence: Several times - Moderate and Severe (boy nearly hung in ropes, dolphin speared and beaten, fist fight, injuries to genitals, several drownings when boat capsizes; father choke-holds son)
Sexual Intercourse: Implied few times (married couple, prostitute and teenagers, unmarried couple)
Nudity: Few times (rear male nudity)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times (discussion about sex, female breasts)
Drug Abuse: Smoking and drinking few times
Other: Gross scene of toilet exploding; boy urinates on himself; vomiting, several boys catch venereal disease
Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Older teenagers and adults

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