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“The Perfect Storm’s” “Andrea Gail” Comes Home To Massachusetts

(July 14, 2000 – Burbank, CA) - The Lady Grace, the actual working 72’, 93 ton fishing vessel used to portray the Andrea Gail in Warner Bros. Pictures’ summer hit “The Perfect Storm,” was sold on eBay to Massachusetts-based company Legal Sea Foods, it was announced today by Brad Ball, President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Gloucester Fund, an umbrella organization that supports grassroots community programs. Additionally, Legal Sea Foods has announced that it is earmarking funds for the families of the Andrea Gail fishermen who lost their lives at sea. Legal Sea Foods purchased the Lady Grace to honor those in the fishing industry and to educate others about the dangers of the trade and the sacrifices made by those in the industry to support their families. “We are tremendously pleased that the Lady Grace has found a home in the Massachusetts area with Legal Sea Foods,” Ball said. “Their commitment to keeping alive the memory of those depicted in ‘The Perfect Storm’ and others lost at sea by keeping the Lady Grace as a living memorial is the ideal role for this vessel, which served us so well on the film. We are equally pleased that this transaction will benefit both the Gloucester Fund and, thanks to Legal Sea Foods, the families of the Andrea Gail fishermen.” The Lady Grace is currently in Hamburg, Germany, for the July 18 European premiere of “The Perfect Storm.” When the vessel returns home to Gloucester in the late summer, it will tour select cities from New England to Florida to raise funds for various fishing-industry charities. The Lady Grace will reside in Gloucester, MA. "The Perfect Storm" tells of the courageous men and women who risk their lives every working day, pitting their fishing boats and rescue vessels against the capricious forces of nature. Their worst fears are realized at sea one fateful autumn, when they are confronted by three raging weather fronts which collide to produce the greatest, fiercest and most destructive storm in modern history. Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures production in association with Radiant Productions, a Wolfgang Petersen film starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, “The Perfect Storm.” The film also stars Diane Lane, William Fichtner, Karen Allen, Allen Payne, Bob Gunton, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and John C. Reilly. Music is by James Horner. The film is edited by Richard Francis-Bruce, A.C.E. William Sandell is the Production Designer. John Seale, ACS, ASC, is the Director of Photography. The Executive Producers are Barry Levinson and Duncan Henderson. Based on the book by Sebastian Junger, the screenplay is by Bill Wittliff. Paula Weinstein, Wolfgang Petersen and Gail Katz produced “The Perfect Storm,” which is directed by Wolfgang Petersen. www.perfectstorm.com
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