Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Hollywood stars crew for Volvo (and fave sailing movies)

It's official, Keira Knightley, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom are crewing in the Volvo Ocean Race aboard the Walt Disney sponsored S/V Black Pear. The Scotsman broke the story here. This is, of course, a marketing stunt to promote the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean. According to a spokesperson, the stars will have special Hollywood-style berths that include Egyptian cottons sheets, freshly cut flowers and special menus. Sounds like tough duty. The news did make me consider favorite sailing movies. I have a top five list (Pirates of the Caribbean is not on it), and comments are welcome. My all time favorite is Dead Calm, a masterful piece of sailing suspense with the added benefit young Nicole Kidman. The remake of Mutiny on the Bounty with Mel Gibson and Master and Commander are way up there. White Squall is a winner, great action shots of a schooner under sail, terrific story marred only (slightly) by the ending. How about the Caddyshack of sailing movies, Captain Ron endless source of hilariously quotable lines. Yes, most landlocked people didn't get it but it still deserves a nod. The last one is not truly a sailing movie but it gets a huge nod on character - Jaws and the grizzled old salt Quint (Robert Shaw). His guttural sea chantey with the creaking boat and the flickering lantern light is one of my all time favorite sea scenes. Have one to add? Comment below.


Anonymous said...

What about WIND
Poor story line but good racing shots

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