What's the Difference between The Finest Hours the Book and The Finest Hours the Movie?

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The Finest Hours

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Released: 2009
Author: Michael J. Tougias

The Finest Hours

52%
Released: 2016
Director: Craig Gillespie
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In the Book In the Movie
Bernie Webber
Bernie Webber
Portrayed by: Chris Pine
Richard Livesey
Richard Livesey
Portrayed by: Ben Foster
Andy Fitzgerald
Andy Fitzgerald
Portrayed by: Kyle Gallner
Ervin Maske
Ervin Maske
Portrayed by: John Magaro
Ray Sybert
Ray Sybert
Portrayed by: Casey Affleck
Daniel Cluff
Daniel Cluff
Portrayed by: Eric Bana
Miriam Webber
Miriam Webber
Portrayed by: Holliday Grainger
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In the Book In the Movie
   She was home sick with the flu and unaware he was out to sea until later. Miriam is at the dock to greet Bernie.
   Miriam was home sick with the flu and didn't find out what happened until it was over. Miriam shows up at Chatham Station looking for Bernie where she finds out he was sent out. She demands that Commander Cluff bring the men back. Gouthro also asks Cluff to bring Bernie's lifeboat back. Bernie is in communication by radio with the station, he is given further directions to continue. Miriam berates Cluff for his actions.
   Bernie meets Miriam's parents on a 2nd date in 1950. She asks him to marry her a few months later and he says no. She demands he take her home where he changes his mind as he wants to keep her. They are married in July 1950 about 18 months prior to the rescue of the SS Pendleton. At a dance a few months after they met, Miriam asks Bernie to marry her, he says no. But changes his mind after they talk about it a little bit. They agree to get married on April 16th.
   The book goes into much more detail about crew members life after the rescue as well as extensive details on the SS Pendleton and SS Mercer. Movie ends with a few details on Bernie and Miriam's wedding date and his length of service in the Coast Guard. End credits show real life crew along with the actors portraying them.
   Miriam was home sick in bed at the time. Miriam (while at work) tries to call Bernie before he goes out, he doesn't pick up the phone.
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