3. Surviving Family Members Sued the Studio
The Perfect Storm was based on a true story, but the filmmakers changed some details to amp up the drama. That didn’t sit well with the families of Billy Tyne and Dale Murphy, who sued for damages. The case was thrown out by the Florida Supreme Court.
2. The Book Started Out as a Story of Dangerous Jobs
Author Sebastian Junger was working as a tree climber in Boston when his chainsaw gouged into his leg, putting him on workman’s comp. While bedridden, he started working on a book about dangerous jobs, which led him to Gloucester and the story of the Andrea Gail.
1. The Special Effects Used No Miniatures
The filming of The Perfect Storm marked a huge leap forward in digital effects technology, as the massive swells were entirely created by computer graphics. Actors on set had to contend with rocking stages suspended in 22 feet of water, spraying hoses and giant dump tanks.