32. 'White Squall' (1996)
Bridges is the very model of authority as a boat captain in
1961 determined to turn a group of prep-school blue-blood boys into men
through his Ocean Academy in this underrated Ridley Scott drama. Sometimes his
character is the quiet voice of reason, sometimes he’s an Ahab-like taskmaster.
It’s a fine turn, both driven and human; thanks to him, it even shines during the peculiar,
monologue-laden trial hearing that ends the film, which could have easily become