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
The Finest Hours Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The book opens with Bernie Webber worrying about his wife Miriam who is home sick with the flu. The book contains much backstory on Bernie that is not in the movie. The movie opens with Bernie Webber meeting Miriam for the first time on a blind double date.
   Bernie is ordered to retrieve fishing boats, nothing about asking for permission to be married as he is already married. Bernie is ordered to tie up fishing boats by Mr. Cluff. He is unable to ask Cluff for permission to marry Miriam.
   Bernie heard he might be punished for disobeying orders; he went to shore instead of meeting up with another ship as ordered. This was stopped when an Admiral congratulated him in writing for the rescue. Does not happen in the movie.
   The crew decides not to launch the lifeboat. While some men are up on deck arguing about the lifeboat, Sybert uses an ax to launch it empty where it is immediately crushed by the waves against the hull. He then takes charge of the crew.
   BMC Orsmby takes a life boat out from Brant Point Station to rescue the SS Mercer crew. The seas are too much for them and they later tie up to a floating lightship. Cluff orders Chief Bangs out in a lifeboat to the SS Mercer, he complies without question. Bangs is later ordered to rescue the SS Pendleton Crew. Cluff orders Chief Bangs to take the 36500 out of Old Harbor to rescue the Fort Mercer crew. Bangs wants to take the 36383 out of Stage harbor instead due to the rough weather. Cluff asks Bernie for his opinion. Chief Bangs convinces Cluff to do it his way. BMC Ormsby does not appear in the movie.
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