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Orca -- A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.


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Release Date:
22 July 1977 (USA) See more »
Terror just beneath the surface
A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Michael Anderson 
Writing credits
Luciano Vincenzoni  story and screenplay and
Sergio Donati 

Robert Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer
Luciano Vincenzoni .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
J. Barry Herron 
Ted Moore 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
Marion Rothman 
Ralph E. Winters 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
Art Direction by
Ferdinando Giovannoni 
Boris Juraga 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
Armando Scarano 
Costume Design by
Jost Jakob 
Makeup Department
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pino Butti .... unit production manager
Roberto de Laurentiis .... unit production manager
Les Kimber .... unit production manager
Stanley Neufeld .... production manager: Canada
William O'Sullivan .... production manager: Canada
Phil Tucker .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bennett .... second assistant director
Flondar Brunelli .... assistant director: second unit
Brian W. Cook .... assistant director
Rob Lockwood .... assistant director: second unit
Terry Needham .... second assistant director
Folco Quilici .... second unit director
Folco Quilici .... underwater unit director
Art Department
Allan Gordon .... property master (as Allan Jack Gordon)
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
Bill MacSems .... property master
Guglielmo Modestini .... set painter
Aldo Puccini .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
John Bramall .... sound mixer
Bill Cook .... boom operator (as William Cook)
Trevor Pyke .... sound re-recording mixer
Winston Ryder .... sound effects
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound effects (as Nick Stevenson)
William Parnell .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Giuseppe Carozza .... mechanical effects
Jim Hole .... mechanical effects
Alex Weldon .... special effects (as Alex C. Weldon)
Visual Effects by
Fernando Valento .... miniature coordinator
Frank Van der Veer .... photographic effects supervisor
Emilio Messina .... underwater stunts
Sergio Mioni .... stunt double
Romano Puppo .... stunt coordinator
Max Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator
Alfonso Avincola .... still photographer
Roger Berner .... assistant camera
Vittorio Dragonetti .... underwater camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Ray Hall .... key grip
John Harris .... camera operator (as John S. Harris)
Ignazio Maccarone .... underwater gaffer
Massimiliano Sano .... assistant underwater camera operator
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller
Bob Bremner .... best boy (uncredited)
Michel Paul Bélisle .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Hickinbotham .... wardrobe assistant
Philippe Pickford .... wardrobe
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Sergio Marcotulli .... music recordist
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Percy Edwards .... whale vocalizations (uncredited)
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity supervisor
Sonny Allen .... director of training: marine world
Rinaldo Campoli .... chemical effects
Lou Dyer .... unit publicist
Gordon K. Kee .... production auditor (as Gordon Kee)
Morrie Nierenberg .... location auditor (as Morris Nierenburg)
Jack Piler .... unit publicist
Giuliano Principato .... production assistant
Frank Strzalkowski .... marine mammal trainer: marine world
Luciano Tartaglia .... production accountant
Ron Taylor .... shark sequence: Australia
Lester Simms .... boat captain (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Killer Whale" - , International (English title) (subtitle)
"Orca: The Killer Whale" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG
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Did You Know?

Debut cinema movie produced by screen-writer Luciano Vincenzoni. The picture remains the first, final and only ever theatrical feature film produced by Vincenzoni, who also wrote the story and screenplay for Orca (1977).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Nolan yells for the ship to go hard to port, he points to his right, which would be starboard.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ghost Voyage (2008) (TV)See more »
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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.

"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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