Finest Hours, The (film) In February 1952, one of the worst storms ever to hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging ships off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping the S.S. Pendleton, an oil tanker bound for Boston, in half. On a small wooden lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard led by Captain Bernie Webber bravely set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. Directed by Craig Gillespie. Released on January 29, 2016, also in 3D and IMAX, after a January 21 release in Israel. Stars Chris Pine (Bernie Webber), Holliday Grainger (Miriam), Eric Bana (Daniel Cluff), Ben Foster (Richard Livesey), Casey Affleck (Ray Sybert), John Ortiz (Wallace Quirey). Based on a true story, as published in a 2009 book of the same title by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, and on interviews conducted by the screenwriters of survivors. Filmed in widescreen.