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22 July 1977 (USA) See more »
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Terror just beneath the surface
Plot:
A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Orca has a particular charm to it that is often overlooked See more (108 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
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
 
Stunts
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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92 min
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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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Trivia:
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:
Errors in geography: The film is set in Newfoundland, Canada. In some scenes the main character's fishing vessel flies the U.S. flag.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Nolan:I won't fight him at all.
Rachel:But you'll murder him - you'll sit here safe on the jetty, and shoot him through the eye? You're not a man, you're an animal! Its creatures like you science should be observing!
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Soundtrack:
My Love, We Are OneSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Orca has a particular charm to it that is often overlooked, 3 September 1999
Author: Fiver-7 from Wollongong, Australia

Most of the reviews about Orca that I have seen say that, essentially, it belongs in the garbage can, with an unrealistic plot and terrible acting. Yet I must confess I quite enjoyed this film. It's been a number of years since I saw it, and I've actually forgotten most of the violent scenes. Probably what held much of the attraction for me was the theme of moral uncertainty which it maintains until the very end.

This is a much more humanely stimulating movie than Jaws. In this film there are no real bad guys, either human or otherwise, and we feel compelled to feel pity for both the orca, and the character Nolan.

The "We are One" song, the music of which features throughout the movie, is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, and the scenes which show the orcas slowly swimming together to this music are quite entrancing.

The chilling scene in which the female orca aborts her unborn foetus is, of course, unforgettable, and it is this scene that begins the tragic theme of the story. This is a different movie altogether from Jaws, and the dramatically different endings of the two films perhaps show this difference most of all.

Watch Orca - you won't regret it.

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