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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

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Orca: Killer Whale  »

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Animal rights activists blocked trucks delivering the animatronic whales to the set, thinking real whales were in them. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Captain Nolan: If you're so sure I can't catch a killer whale, why are you so upset?
Rachel: Listen, you won't catch one, but you might butcher a couple dozen in the attempt!
Captain Nolan: Oh, that's not my style at all.
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Featured in I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1977 (2006) See more »

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My Love, We Are One
Performed by Carol Connors
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Carol Connors
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A TRULY MYTHIC FEEL
25 July 1999 | by (CARDIFF,WALES) – See all my reviews

"ORCA" must be one of the most undervalued films ever made.Always regarded as a lame rip-off of "JAWS",there are few who champion its cause.The truth is that "ORCA" has a truly mythic feel about man versus beast that "JAWS" doesn't even come close to."ORCA" is a vastly superior film and its grim and relentless story of a whale pursuing the killer of its mate until it has him trapped on an ice floe is grippingly told.The score by Ennio Morricone is as hauntingly evocative as anything composed for the cinema. Richard Harris gives one of his finest performances as he reigns in his normal histrionics to portray a man who defies the gods themselves to face a date with destiny which can only have one outcome.The rest of the performances hardly matter although Bo Derek scores points over the ever lifeless Charlotte Rampling in one of only two female roles.The opening and closing scenes of whales swimming the oceans are touching in a way difficult to explain but the most haunting image in this fine movie is the shot we see of Harris as he leaves the port on board his boat for a final battle with the orca.His face is grave and determined,he knows that his fate is unavoidable and it is this image coupled with the Morricone music that accompanies it that enables journeyman director Michael Anderson to beat Spielberg at his own game.Forget comparisons and judge this remarkable film on its own merits.


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