In the Heart of the Sea

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In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  But that told only half the story.  “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

  1. Charles Leavitt

    Screenplay, Story

  2. Nathaniel Philbrick


  3. Amanda Silver


  4. Rick Jaffa


  5. Ron Howard


Top Billed Cast

  1. Chris Hemsworth

    Chris Hemsworth

    Owen Chase

  2. Benjamin Walker

    Benjamin Walker

    George Pollard

  3. Cillian Murphy

    Cillian Murphy

    Matthew Joy

  4. Brendan Gleeson

    Brendan Gleeson

    Old Thomas Nickerson

  5. Ben Whishaw

    Ben Whishaw

    Herman Melville

  6. Michelle Fairley

    Michelle Fairley

    Mrs. Nickerson

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 2m

Budget $100,000,000.00

Revenue $93,820,758.00


Release Information

  • December 7, 2015
    PG-13, Premiere
  • December 11, 2015
    PG-13, Theatrical
  • March 8, 2016
    PG-13, Physical



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A review by Reno

By Reno

We actually know this story, but not the truth until now!

Ron Howard's latest sea adventure, stars Chris Hemsworth in an important role. So the people comparing it with 'Moby Dick', because both the film is about the same story, but one was inspired and the other one was, I mean this film was based on the actual event. I had seen the BBC film 'The Whale', not a bad film for a low budget television film. Most importantly, it revealed the truth about what I was not aware of from one of my favourite sea adventure films.

I never read the book, but saw the British version, so I knew what I'm... read the rest.

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