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. This story 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.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material.
directed by Ron Howard ; screenplay by Charles Leavitt ; story by Charles Leavitt and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver ; produced by Paula Weinstein, Joe Roth ; produced by Will Ward, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard ; a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation ; in association with Village Roadshow Pictures ; in association with Ratpac-Dune Entertainment ; a Cott Productions-Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. co-production ; a Roth Films/Spring Creek/Imagine Entertainment production in association with Kia Jam ; a Ron Howard film.
Title from film credits.
Based on the book "In the heart of the sea: the tragedy of the whaleship Essex" by Nathaniel Philbrick.
DVD release of the 2015 motion picture.
Special feature: Chase & Pollard: A man of means and a man of courage.
Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Jordi Mollá, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Paul Anderson, Edward Ashley, Gary Beadle, Richard Bremmer, Frank Dillane, Michelle Fairley, Osy Ikhile, Sam Keeley, Joseph Mawle, Charlotte Riley, Jamie Sives, Donald Sumpter.
DVD ; widescreen (1.78:1); Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
In English, dubbed Spanish or dubbed French, with optional subtitles in Spanish or French.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Optional descriptive audio in English for the visually impaired.
Music, Roque Baños ; editors, Mike Hill, Dan Hanley ; director of photography, Anthony Dod Mantle.