White Squall script
White Squall (1996)
Synopsis: White Squall is a 1996 American drama feature film, directed by Ridley Scott. The film is based on the fate of the brigantine Albatross, which sank May 2, 1961, allegedly because of a white squall. The film relates the ill-fated school sailing trip led by Dr. Christopher B. Sheldon (Jeff Bridges), whom the boys call "Skipper". He is tough and teaches them discipline. He forms a close connection with all-American Chuck Gieg (Scott Wolf), troubled rich kid Frank Beaumont (Jeremy Sisto), shy Gil Martin (Ryan Phillippe) and bad-boy Dean Preston (Eric Michael Cole). When a white squall threatens their ship, the boys try to use what Skipper has taught them to survive the horrific ordeal.

FADE IN:

SUPER:
A TRUE STORY - MYSTIC HARBOR CONNECTICUT 1994

CREDITS OVER:

Wind on the water. Soaring gulls and sand pipers glide

over the pilings and sagging bulkheads.

OLDER CHUCK (V.O.)

Though I hadn't seen or spoken to

Sheldrake in over thirty years, it

seemed impossible that his heart was

the thing that had finally failed

him...

INT. LATE MODEL CAR - SAME

CHUCK GIEG, 49, thin, windswept and handsome, is behind

the wheel. He pulls down a narrow cobble stone street

that leads to the wharf.

OLDER CHUCK (V.O.)

I never got close to him, nobody

did. But by the time we made Tampa,

I was sure I knew who he was, that I

understood what he saw, what

nourished his soul and tested his

faith...

EXT. WHARF - DAY

Chuck stares out across the harbor. In the distance, the

echoes of singing masts. Shrouds and canvas softly ping.

The small boats of Mystic tug restlessly at their

moorings.

OLDER CHUCK (V.O.)

He had taken us to worship, where,

what was for him, the holiest of

holies. And, for us too by the

end...

EXT. DOCTORS OFFICE - LATER

Chuck stands silently on the periphery of a gathering of

people. They surround a small building, a neighborhood

clinic. A worn gray stone, long in the earth, dedicates

the structure.

IN MEMORY OF NATALIE "ALICE" SHELDRAKE M.D.,

CAPTAIN'S WIFE AND SHIP'S SURGEON OF THE

BRIGANTINE ALBATROSS - MAY 2, 1961

Next to the stone a funeral urn. A YOUNG MINISTER gropes

for meaning.

MINISTER:

I didn't know Richard Sheldrake

personally, but his many friends who

knew and worked with him, wanted to

make sure that he was returned home,

here, to be remembered with his

beloved wife...

Chuck gazes out at the sleepy harbor, the minister's voice

fading away. The afternoon wind is coming up with the

tide. He quietly heads towards the water. Drifting,

drawn, lost.

OLDER CHUCK (V.O.)

Though he had moved on with his

life, now even for the years, to

hear him eulogized by strangers,

seemed strange. He had been a

hewner of stones, a pilot by the

silent stars. Like me, alone among

many. But most of all for us, the

crew of the brigantine Albatross, he

was always and would forever be...

our Skipper.

A SHIP'S BELL turns him around. Ding ding. Ding ding. A

beautiful three masted schooner steady on the water slips

into port. A picture out of another time, another place.

It takes him away...

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. FOREST - WATER TOWER - DAY

A towering monolith, surrounded by tall oaks and

sycamores. The tower is immense. A single ladder runs up

to the top.

AT THE TOP:

Just above the tree tops, the view is spectacular. CHUCK

GIEG, 16, sits thin and unsteady. Chuck's gaze is drawn

upward -- to the building spring cumulus clouds. Chuck's

older brother WILL, 18, stout, self assured, pulls himself

to the top.

WILL:

You gonna jump? Or are you just

having a last look?

CHUCK:

I was just thinking that I never had

a new pair of shoes till I was

twelve.

WILL:

It's no my fault I was born first.

Besides, nobody ever sent me on an

eight month vacation, so ease up on

the sad sack stuff.

CHUCK:

It's not a vacation, it's private

school.

WILL:

I thought this was your dream come

true.

CHUCK:

That's not why he's sending me.

WILL:

Why then.

CHUCK:

Because it looks good.

Chuck looks out, yearning. Will considers him, troubled.

CHUCK:

I'm just not like you. Ya know?

I'm never going to go to Yale. I'm

never going to be "William".

WILL:

Nobody says you have to be like me.

CHUCK:

He does.

WILL:

You don't give him enough credit

Chas.

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Todd Robinson

Todd Robinson was born in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Adelphi University on Long Island, New York. In 1996, Robinson wrote and produced White Squall, for director Ridley Scott, starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Jeremy Sisto, and Scott Wolf. Robinson wrote, directed and produced The Legend of Billy the Kid for The Disney Channel, for which he won a Prime Time Emmy Award. He wrote and directed Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick, a feature documentary on legendary studio director, William A. Wellman. The film was awarded Best Documentary Film by the National Board of Review and was featured at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival and many other festivals. more…

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