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Orca (1977)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Horror  |  22 July 1977 (USA)
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A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.


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After witnessing his mate and child's death from Nolan's hands, Orca, the killer whale, goes on a rampage in the fishermen's harbor. Under the villagers' pressure, Nolan, Rachel and an Indian sail after the great beast, who will bring them on his own turf. Written by M Lalonde

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Terror just beneath the surface


Adventure | Horror


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Release Date:

22 July 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Orca: Killer Whale  »

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2.35 : 1
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Whales and dolphins don't breathe automatically like humans do. They sleep with half of their brain at a time because they need to come to the surface to breathe. If someone really tranquilized an orca like Nolan did with the needle in the harpoon, both halves of its brain would be asleep at the same time, and it would stop breathing and drown. See more »


Rachel: He followed you. He saw you on the deck of the boat.
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Featured in I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1977 (2006) See more »


My Love, We Are One
Performed by Carol Connors
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Carol Connors
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Dramatizes, separate and combined feelings of man and whale.
15 October 2000 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The very beginning of this movie displays the peace, beauty, and greatness of Killer Whales. A person is saved from the jaws of a shark, by the mercy and strength of one of these whales. The event is witnessed by an ocean hunter, who decides to change his choice of prey to these great beasts. He eventually harpoons one allright, but what he thought would be a simple kill turns out to be something closer to murder! This is a "ONE OF A KIND" movie, that I think delivers "not bad" , for its' time. Unusually, artistic soundtrack. A must see for movie lovers.

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