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Against the Sun (2014)

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A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.


Brian Peter Falk (as Brian Falk)


Brian Peter Falk (as Brian Falk), Mark David Keegan





Cast overview:
Garret Dillahunt ... Harold Dixon
Tom Felton ... Tony Pastula
Jake Abel ... Gene Aldrich
Nadia Parra Nadia Parra ... Frances Pastula
Quinton Flynn ... Newsreel Narrator


In one of the most harrowing true stories of World War II, three US Navy airmen crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves on a tiny life raft, surrounded by open ocean. No food. No water. No hope of rescue. Against incredible odds, these three virtual strangers must survive storms, sharks, starvation - and each other - as they try to sail more than a thousand miles to safety. Written by The American Film Company

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Rated PG for thematic material involving peril and hardships, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghosts of the Pacific See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The three main actors were put on a strict diet of 500 calories a day while filming to accurately portray how emaciated the downed pilots became during their ordeal. See more »


Although the crew spent 34 days in the raft, their hair length at the end of the film is the same as at the beginning. See more »


[first lines]
Gene Aldrich: [over the radio] Chief, this is Aldrich. I'm losing her on the ARA.
Tony Pastula: [to himself] Come on, where are you goin'?
Gene Aldrich: [into radio] Chief, I've lost the beacon. Over. Are we close Chief?
Tony Pastula: I'll give him a tap, maybe his com is down.
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If you liked Unbroken than check this one out as well. This is on par or better. I give it a high B+.
29 March 2015 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"They'll check every square mile out here. It'll take a while but they'll do it. Won't they?" After drifting off course a WWII pilot and his crew end up in a tiny lifeboat with no food, water, flares, or any real chance of being rescued. This is the true story of how they did everything the could to survive. Even though this is a true story it is something I had never heard of before. After recently watching Unbroken I was wondering how this would compare. This one opened with about 10 minutes of in plane scenes then right into the raft. What follows is an hour and a half of tense moments and wondering how this will play out. I would compare this very favorably to Unbroken, All Is Lost, or even something like Cast Away. If you have enjoyed those movies then I would check this one out as well. Very inspiring and moving. Another huge surprise watch. I always love when I find a movie I have never heard of that turns out to be better than 90% of the ones I have. This is one of those movies. Overall, if you liked Unbroken than check this one out as well. This is on par or better. I give it a high B+.

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