Corrected entry: In the scene where the Coast Guard para-rescuer jumps into the water to save the two woman and the male captain, the rescuer introduces himself as Sgt. Jonesy. The Coast Guard does not have the rank of Sergeant. They have Petty Officers.
Corrected entry: The film, being based on a true story, is supposed to be set in 1991. If it is, then why does the weather man who studies the storm have a very modern flat screen monitor?
Corrected entry: In on of the scenes the Andrea Gale completely rolled over. When they show the guys in that are below deck, the TV that is on the shelf behind them hadn't moved an inch.
Corrected entry: When the storm is over and people are mourning at the church, you hear the group of people singing a song in remembrance. But, look at the people. Despite a large number of people singing, none are moving their mouths.
Corrected entry: When the Andrea Gail's owner comes in to the Crow's Nest to tell the "loved ones" that the rescue chopper had to ditch, Ethel says "If it were good news, he would have called us." Weren't the phones dead?
Corrected entry: When Irene enters the bar during the day and the wind is blowing and it is raining, she is carrying an umbrella. A sudden gust of wind causes the umbrella to turn inside out (which usually breaks an umbrella). When Irene is shown entering the bar, she pulls her umbrella down in the usual fashion, and puts it in the umbrella stand, with no signs of it having been broken or having turned facing outward.
Corrected entry: When the fishermen's loved ones are in the bar trying to get updates on the TV about the ship, and the owner of the boat comes in, everyone including Bugsy's "friend" are acting like they are annoyed with him. But how can Bugsy's friend know how big of an a**hole the owner was, when she never meet the guy, or was never told about him?
Corrected entry: In the shot where Andrea Gail meets the gigantic wave, and thereafter sinks, the wave is moving towards the boat. However, the waves in the preceding shots were moving in the same direction as the boat.
Corrected entry: If they were going where they said they were going wouldn't it be the Canadian Coast Guard that would control the rescue mission?
Corrected entry: At one point when they are piloting the Andrea Gale over the waves the boat crashes down smashing the front windows, the left side windows are then smashed, later on however it becomes quite obvious that the left windows are the only ones broken and the front ones are completely intact.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Billy Tyne and Linda Greenlaw are in the wheelhouse of the Andrea Gail talking about the romance of being a swordboat captain, Capt. Billy (who knows all the charts by heart) says that "you head out the South channel...head NORTH, open up to twelve..." If you head north and open up to 12 out of Gloucester, you will run aground off (approx.) Ogunquit, Maine in about 3 hours. The Grand Banks are almost DEAD EAST from Gloucester.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Clooney's climbing out on the boom arm with the lit welding torch, he gets dunked under the water for several seconds, long enough for the rest of the crew to get worried. When he comes back up, the blue flame is still going strong, requiring no relighting.
Corrected entry: In the scene when the sailboat rolls over, you can clearly see that there is no keel.
Corrected entry: In one scene, George Clooney's character tells his crew they look like they've had a rough night in Scollay Square. The film is set in 1991, but Scollay Square in Boston, once a wild burlesque/bar area, was turned into Boston's Government Centre in the early 1960's. Scollay Square no longer existed in 1991.
Corrected entry: For the little sailboat near the beginning of the movie - the captain says that he has been sailing for 42 or something years, but when we see the boat in the heavy weather, we can see that the jib (front sail) is out. In the kind of weather they were in, it would have made much more sense to wind in the jib (which just involves furling it around the main stay, so that wouldn't be hard), and try to sail on motor alone.
Corrected entry: In the beginning of the film, the crew of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's boat is unloading the body of a sailor who supposedly died while on their most recent expedition. However, when we see the names of all the Gloucester fisherman lost in 1991, it is only the names of the men lost on the Andrea Gail.
Corrected entry: The helicopter para-rescuer crew member that went missing was called Sgt. "Jonesy" Jones in the movie. In real life, the para-rescuer that was missing and never found was named Sgt Millard Jones.