In the Heart of the Sea Movie

In August of 1819, an expedition began that would go beyond the known world...

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Who's Involved:

Cillian Murphy, Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Marshall Herskovitz, Paula Weinstein, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel, Ed Zwick, Peter Morgan, Charlotte Riley, Joseph Mawle, William Ward

Release Date:

Friday, December 11, 2015 Nationwide

intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material
Runtime: 2 hrs, 1 m
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

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Who stars in In the Heart of the Sea: Cast List

... Chase

Thor: Love and Thunder, Avengers: Infinity War  

... George Pollard

The King's Daughter, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Series)  

... Matthew Joy

Oppenheimer, Inception  

... Herman Melville

Women Talking, No Time to Die  

... Old Thomas Nickerson

The Banshees of Inisherin, The Raven  

... Joseph Mawle

Half of a Yellow Sun, Mr. Jones  

... Peggy

Edge of Tomorrow, Swimming With Men  

... Young Tom Nickerson

Spider-Man: No Way Home, Fred Astaire Biopic  

Who's making In the Heart of the Sea: Crew List

A look at the In the Heart of the Sea behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Ron Howard last directed Thirteen Lives and Hillbilly Elegy. The film's writer Marshall Herskovitz last wrote The Great Wall and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.


Ron Howard


Brian Grazer
Marshall Herskovitz
Joe Roth
William Ward
Paula Weinstein

Production: What we know about In the Heart of the Sea?

Key Facts

  1. The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle ("Slumdog Millionaire," "Rush"); production designer Mark Tildesley ("The Fifth Estate"); Oscar-winning editors Mike Hill ("Apollo 13," "Rush") and Dan Hanley ("Apollo 13"); costume designer Julian Day ("Rush") and composer Roque Baños ("Evil Dead").
  2. Screenwriter Peter Morgan will rewrite script by Charles Leavitt which was adapted from the book "In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex" by Nathaniel Philbrick (Deadline, 8/22/13).
  3. Based on the National Book Award-winning book by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2014 - September: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2013 - August: The film was set to Production  status.

    Principal photography starts in the UK on September 10th.

  3. 2013 - January: The film was set to Development  status.

    Ron Howard is in talks to direct the drama based on the National Book Award winner by Nathaniel Philbrick. Warner Bros. is stepping in to finance the picture, which could go into production later this fall.

  4. 2009 - March: The film was set to Development  status.

In the Heart of the Sea Release Date: When was the film released?

In the Heart of the Sea was a Nationwide release in 2015 on Friday, December 11, 2015. There were 4 other movies released on the same date, including Close Range, The Big Short and The Ridiculous 6. Additional information: 2D; IMAX.

In the Heart of the Sea DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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In the Heart of the Sea was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 .

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