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

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Released: 2016
Director: Craig Gillespie
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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
   This does not happen. Miriam gets a ride after a car accident to a woman's home (wife of a dead fisherman Bernie failed to save) where she turns on a radio to hear reports on the SS Fort Mercer rescue. She is told it is better to live not knowing.
   This does not happen in the book. Bernie Webber was only involved in the recovery of the boat and bodies. A Mr. Nickerson confronts Bernie about an incident in which a loved one was lost at sea.
   There was talk of launching a lifeboat, but the high waves convinced them not to. Sybert takes charge and is not shown as ineffective. He is afraid and under lots of stress though. The Pendleton crew is shown arguing about the best course of action; launch lifeboats or stay on the ship. Sybert is shown as indecisive. Sybert wants to run the boat aground to save the crew.
   Bernie is to be awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal while his crew will only get the Silver Lifesaving Medal. Bernie is angry with a captain and says he will refuse the medal unless his crewmen also get the gold medal. No details about this in the movie.
   Bernie is ordered to take a crew(Livesey, Fitzgerald and Maske) out on CG36500 to the SS Pendleton. John Stello (local fisherman) shouts “You guys better get lost before you get out too far” to them as they row out to the lifeboat. Bernie is ordered by Cluff to take the CG36500 out with a crew to rescue the crew of the SS Pendleton. Mr Ryder and some of the men present try to talk him out of it; tell him to get lost instead of dying. Bernie says he will attempt the rescue anyway.
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