“The Finest Hours” is the true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half.
As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out the storm. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men.
Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.