There were 32 survivors and room for 12 on the 36-foot wooden lifeboat dispatched to save the men aboard the SS Pendleton, an oil tanker that split in half when a massive nor’easter struck New England in the winter of ’52. Based on the incredible true story, The Finest Hours will transport you into the heart of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.
The Finest Hours, coming to theaters on January 29, celebrates man’s will as his greatest weapon. A few young men with varying levels of experience (or lack thereof) conquer their own fears and face some of the most vicious forces of nature to accomplish a seemingly impossible rescue. “It’s a very simple story about these guys who have a job, and it just so happens that on this day their job requires them to go out into the belly of the beast,” said Chris Pine. “It wasn’t done for glory and there wasn’t a self-aggrandizing vibe to it…it was just men doing their job.”