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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Trivia

The names of two of the sea vessels seen in the movie included "BUMPO" and "HAPPY HOUR". See more »

Goofs

In the underwater close-ups, one of the Orcas has a collapsed dorsal fin, but all shots of them on the surface show fully erect dorsal fins. See more »

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Captain Nolan: He loved his family... more than I loved mine.
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Referenced in El último pecado de la burguesía (1978) 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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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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