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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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In the mid-1980s, Dino De Laurentiis considered a sequel to King Kong (1976) that would've had him go head-to-head with an orca. See more »

Goofs

The sounds played and recorded through the hydrophone are recordings of humpback whale calls, not orca calls. See more »

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Rachel: [while listening to Orca's sounds through a hydrophone] What is he saying?
Captain Nolan: You're me, he says... I'm you, he says... you're my... drunk driver... he says...
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Referenced in Unleashing the Beast: Making 'The Howling' (2003) See more »

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My Love, We Are One
Performed by Carol Connors
Music by Ennio Morricone
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Grim? Perhaps not. Entertaining? Absolutely.
26 October 2002 | by (Chicago, IL USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie at least a dozen times since it's release. The first time I saw it, I was very young, perhaps 8 or 9, and while I found it upsetting and sad at parts, as an adult I can look back and say it speaks so much more to me than say, "Free Willy." The movie follows the events in a fisherman's life following the capture of a killer whale. On the surface, it can appear grim and gory, but underneath there is a stirring tale about a man who has lost everything he held dear, has given up all feeling because of past events and leads an almost hostile towards life existence and then gradually comes to understand that because he was hurt, does not give him an excuse not to feel. Yes, the premise does dabble in the fantasy world, however the point isn't whether this could happen but the growth of the central character. Not once have I been able to watch this movie and not been moved by it.


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