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    Default Colin Firth to play Donald Crowhurst

    http://www.classicboat.co.uk/news/co...t-in-new-film/

    Click one of the photos for more information and a trailer to an earlier unreleased version.



    Kinda look alike, what?
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    I think that this could be a fascinating movie. Hopefully Crowhurst is not portrayed as some scheming con man, but as a guy who got caught in a lie he knew he could never get out of. The drama surrounding such a situation could be amazing to watch with a guy like Firth playing the lead, though it damn sure won't be light entertainment.

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    He does look like him! The documentary about him is really good.
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    Casting Colin Firth is an extremely good omen. Looks exactly like the guy, great at being conflicted and depressed (like Crowhurst). The documentary WAS good but frustratingly short of actual footage, since almost none exists.

    Man, this could be good.

    Also, a recent enough event for them to be able to recreate it all very accurately.

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    Inspired casting! This could be interesting...
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    We can only hope that a good sailing movie may finally be made. Redford is also a very good actor and that did not come out well. Both books on Crowhurst and the other participants in the first circumnavigation race are good but Voyage For Madmen is better, I think.
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    Teignmouth Electron was built about seven miles from where I am sitting and I know one of the men that built it.Not sure I will be watching the film,among other things I know how it ended.Colin Firth might boost the audience numbers and maybe raise the profile of sailing.
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    I expect it will be excluded, but the unfortunate and largely forgotten Nigel Tetley pushed his own trimaran to its break-up 1200 miles from the finish, in the belief that Crowhurst was a legitimate threat to him, and this seems to have played a part in his own suicide a few years later. But with Firth on board, it should be a decent movie.

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    Hard to imagine how any fictionalized treatment of that sad incident could improve on "Deep Water", but I'll stand by with (I hope) an open mind on the subject. I do like Firth's acting, but then, I liked Redford as well... Up to a point. I showed "Deep Water" to my wife who, having no experience whatever in sailing but 30 years as a Psychiatric Nurse, watched the first twenty minutes and said, "That poor man had no chance of completing such a journey alone. He may not have been able to do it in someone else's company", and refused any further review of the movie or it's subject.

    We'll see. Thanks for the heads-up!

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    Couldn't find "Deep Water" the documentary on Youtube but did find this:



    It has some commercials left in the recording but ..

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    Deep water was at a time on You Tube, but has been removed since. I've downloaded an MP4 file and made a DVD.
    It's a great documentary, probably the best one.

    Bernard Moitessier could win. He changed route around Capetown and made another half world turn. He finally wet anchor at Tahiti, after 300 days sailing his Joshua and 37 455 miles non stop, no assistance.

    I've been reading 5 books writen from his hand. He became my mentor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Dreams View Post
    Couldn't find "Deep Water" the documentary on Youtube but did find this:



    It has some commercials left in the recording but ..
    Netflix has it both as DVD and to watch instantly.

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    Yeah. It's the only thing I've ever found compelling enough to watch in its entirety while sitting at my computer.
    Crowhurst's story is incredibly sad. At launch, it seems that he knew he was not ready, but felt he had to go in order to fulfill expectations others had. What happened later was tragic.

    On the other hand, we at least get Moitessier, who basically transcended. That these two men were part of the same race gives the story an almost mythic quality.
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    Firth and Winslet as actors and not so shabby screenwriting and directing, either. I will go to this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon1 View Post
    On the other hand, we at least get Moitessier, who basically transcended. That these two men were part of the same race gives the story an almost mythic quality.
    Yes. That is probably why this race became a legend.

    Robin Knox-Johston won the race, 2 prizes. Gave the money, 5000 pounds to Crowhurst's widow as financial help!

    Crowhurst dissapear at sea

    Bernard Moitessier abandonned: ''To save his soul and because he was well at sea.''

    Nigel Tetley abandonned, his boat sank close to winning point.

    Alex Corrozo, John Ridgway, Chay Blyth, Loic Fougeron, Leslie King, Abandonned for various reasons.

    The greatest race ever.

    I can't wait to see this movie!!!!
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    Winslet shouldn't find her role too challinging since she's already done Titanic and has her sea legs
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    Kate Winslet has bowed out of the film and Mrs. Crowhurst will be played by Rachel Weisz. If the name rings a bell she is the wife of Daniel Craig of wubbleoh7 fame.

    Filming has begun in Teignmouth, Devon. Should be good with 2 Oscar winners in the leading roles.

    I'm wondering about the clinker boat Sunrise in the c&p. (Scroll down.)
    Was it built by the production crew, or rented or borrowed from a local?
    Do we have a forum member in Devon who could pop down to the set and inquire so as to file a report?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...von-coast.html
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    Shooting in water tanks in Malta.
    Hope to see it in spring. ( Maybe a Christmas release.)
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    This has the potential to be a fantastic film.

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    Doesn't look like a catamaran to me.
    Agree ?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...hel-Weisz.html
    Besides, Mr. Crowhurst had a trimaran.
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    You read something like that and can't help but wonder how much of the real news is factually wrong. That's a cool looking little boat (ignoring the cove stripe), but could hardly be farther from a catamaran.

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    I hope when the movie is released that he doesn't have his wellies crossed.
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    Practicing sailing before the real event??
    Or was it a sailboat he own before??

    His catamaran was designed and made by Arthur Piver from plywood.
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    I can't imagine that they would try use anything but a tri. Wouldn't make any sense otherwise.
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    http://m.imdb.com/title/tt3319730/

    It seems that the new film will stay with the title "Deep Water."
    Not much information on it yet. Seems to me that they're taking a long time to launch it.
    If you read up on Colin Firth it appears that he's cranking out films like link sausages.
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    The film is is set for release in March/17 al least in New Zealand, under the title "The Mercy."

    Hard film to track, changing actors, title.
    Seems it's in the can now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodbasil View Post
    The film is is set for release in March/17 al least in New Zealand, under the title "The Mercy."

    Hard film to track, changing actors, title.
    Seems it's in the can now.

    Thanks for that....

    Title ''THE MERCEY'' seems (in my opinion) more appropriate, because they are the last words written by Donald before his step to eternity.

    RIP Donald.
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    I'm holding out high hopes for this film but am also prepared to be greatly disappointed based on most of Hollywood's sailing fare.
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    What he did to his wife and children was brutal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Lathrop View Post
    I'm holding out high hopes for this film but am also prepared to be greatly disappointed based on most of Hollywood's sailing fare.
    Yes...
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    Managed to find a picture


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    Quote Originally Posted by stromborg View Post
    Managed to find a picture


    Coming to an art house near you...

    A nice Trimaran from Arthur Piver
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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3319730/

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    What he did to his wife and children was brutal.
    Certainly was, and to at least one of the other competitors - Nigel ... er, name on tip of tongue, in the other trimaran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailcanoefan View Post
    Practicing sailing before the real event??
    Or was it a sailboat he own before??

    His catamaran was designed and made by Arthur Piver from plywood.
    The original Teignmouth Electron was designed by Piver but it was not built by him.

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