What do we sea lovers do when we’re back on dry land? Dream of being afloat again! Perhaps the next best thing to setting sail is watching others do it, and a good movie is among the most enjoyable ways to enjoy the thrill of the ocean.
We’ve already shared a selection of our favourite sea movies with you, now here are some more!
The Poseidon Adventure
This 1972 adventure centres on the final voyage of SS Poseidon, a luxury cruise liner that’s seen better days and is on its last voyage from New York to Athens before being retired from service. As the passengers gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve, the Poseidon is suddenly capsized by a freak wave. The next couple of hours are an edge-of-the-seat experience as everyone tries to escape the sinking ship, with some stunning visual effects for the period and a stellar performance from Gene Hackman. The film went on to win two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe.
The great John Huston directed this 1956 adaptation of Herman Melville’s epic novel, with Gregory Peck playing Captain Ahab, the skipper of the whaling boat Pequod, who lost his leg in an encounter with the great white whale Moby Dick and is bent on revenge. It’s a gripping study of a man who proves willing to sacrifice everything, including his own life, due to the sheer power of his obsession.
The Big Blue
In complete contrast to these all-action adventure movies is this beguiling story of the friendship and rivalry between two champion free-divers. Released in 1988 and directed by Luc Besson, it’s reckoned to be one of the great French films and is a cult classic, not only among divers but even for France’s President Chirac. Although the ending is deliberately ambiguous, what is undeniable is the sumptuous cinematography and the typically ’80s synthesiser score by Eric Serra.
Mutiny on the Bounty
The 1935 movie starred Clark Gable and Charles Laughton; a 1962 remake featured Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris but was a box office flop and failed to win any Oscars. Best, then, to enjoy the original, telling how Fletcher Christian leads the crew of HMS Bounty in a mutiny against tyrannical Captain Bligh on a return voyage from Tahiti. It’s a cracking story, filmed largely in the South Pacific and off the US coast, and deservedly won Best Picture in the Academy Awards.
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