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Over 90% of the movie was filmed at sea. Some days began at 4 a.m., with a two-hour boat ride from land. A daily shoot could last up to 12 hours, with no land in sight.
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According to Shailene Woodley, there were times on the open sea when, except for the director and cinematographer, everybody was throwing up overboard due to severe seasickness.
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In reality, Richard and Tami met in San Diego, not Tahiti. Richard was sailing around the world with an English girlfriend, who he ditched in favor of Tami. It's true that Tami had been a cook aboard a tall ship.
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Miles Teller was once attached to star, marking a reunion with Shailene Woodley after four movies together. Teller ended up dropping out and Sam Claflin replaced him.
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It was not until after 18 days, by which time she had pumped out most of the water, that she found the sextant and watch, by which she was then able to navigate.
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Both Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin have been part of three movies under two of Lionsgate's franchises. Woodley was in Summit's Divergent series and Claflin in The Hunger Games franchise.
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Second film in which Shailene Woodley represents a true person. The first being Lindsay Mills in Snowden (2016)
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The scenes where they both meet were actually shot on location at the Royal Suva Yacht Club in Fiji. Coincidentallly this was also the setting for another sailing movie called The Dove (1974) where the sailor Robin Lee Graham met Patti Ratteree onboard his yacht The Dove.
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Shailene Woodley's boyfriend Ben Volavola is an international rugby football player from Fiji where the film was shot on location.
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This is the second time Shailene Woodley has played a vegetarian character. The first was Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars (2014).
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Elizabeth Hawthorne was also in the 1993 TV movie by the same name, " Adrift", with Kate Jackson.
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As indicated in the underwater shots at the start of the film, with the blinking emergency beacon, Richard Sharp died in the hurricane. He'd sent Tami Oldham below deck to safety and had her shut herself in as he attached himself to a safety cable. The ship was capsized by a forty foot wave and threw him with such force that it broke the safety harness and he went overboard. Oldham heard him scream, "Oh my God!", the boat flipped, and Oldham was knocked unconscious. When she woke up, Sharp was gone. Oldham was left to mourn her fiance while surviving on peanut butter and canned sardines while navigating a damaged ship by sextant. After 41 days, she finally landed in Hilo, Hawaii, 1,500 miles away.
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Tami Oldham's head injury was so severe that it caused mild brain damage. While she planned on writing a book about her experience, her recovery included relearning how to read.
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Adapted from Tami Ashcraft's book "Red Sky in Mourning: The True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea."
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The Hazana was a 1970s model Trintella. One of the reasons why it didn't sink is that it had a double-hulled design. The air sealed within the hull gave it buoyancy enough to bring it up after being submerged. However, the damage to the outer hull caused a serious leak, filling much of the space with water. This lowered the profile of the boat and increased its drag, which slowed its progress.
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