In a fight against impossible odds for survival, sometimes even the small efforts to prevail can provide a little bit of hope.
But when those efforts are swiftly dashed apart, extinguishing that glimmer, the result only magnifies the desperation.
With the in-home release of The Finest Hours next week, Entertainment Weekly has been given an exclusive look at one such scene that was cut from the final version.
Based on a true story, the film chronicles the 1952 Coast Guard rescue of merchant mariners trapped on the tanker the SS Pendelton after a nor’easter rips the ship in half. In this sequence, Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck), the senior officer aboard the still-floating back half of the vessel, describes a plan to create a makeshift steering mechanism that could help guide the wreckage closer to shore.
His crew, meanwhile, tries to plug a massive crack in the hull of the ship using a number of tarps, but … well, you’ll see how that turns out.
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Keep in mind, this scene was deleted from the final film, so it remains unfinished, with rain effects missing from the deck shots and pre-viz computer animation standing in for the massive wave that rocks the Pendeleton.
The Blu-ray and digital download of The Finest Hours will be available on May 24.
In addition to another deleted scene, “The Story of How They Met,” the Blu-ray and digital versions also include the bonus features:
• AGAINST ALL ODDS: THE BERNIE WEBBER STORY – Visit the quaint and close-knit town of Chatham, and experience the events surrounding the most heroic Coast Guard rescue ever through the eyes of the people who witnessed them.
• BROTHERHOOD – Cast members reflect on the bonds they forged during the shoot.
• TWO CREWS – Chris Pine and Casey Affleck share insights into Bernie Webber and Ray Sybert, men who led their respective crews against all odds.
• WHAT IS YOUR FINEST HOUR? — A Coast Guard member recounts an incredible rescue.
• THE FINEST INSPIRATION: THE U.S. COAST GUARD — Meet the people who put their lives on the line for others.
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