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Release Date:
22 July 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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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 J. O'Sullivan .... production manager: Canada (as William O'Sullivan)
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 .... 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
 
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Killer Whale" - , International (English title) (subtitle), USA (working title)
"Orca: The Killer Whale" - International (English title) (alternative title), USA (working title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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 (certificate #24697)
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The movie was made and first released in the same year as its uncredited source novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog III was first published in 1977.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The sounds played and recorded through the hydrophone are recordings of humpback whale calls, not orca calls.See more »
Quotes:
[Captain Nolan has just seen the orca kill a member of his crew after the orca knocked the house into the ocean. He then looks out to the water & sees the killer whale leaping out of the water, breaching]
Captain Nolan:You revengeful sonofabitch! You win!
[the orca keeps breaching, as if taunting Captain Nolan]
Captain Nolan:You want revenge? Well, you'll have it! I'll come out and fight you! You revengeful sonofabitch!
[Nolan's boat, the 'Bumpo', steams out of the little harbor the next morning with the fishermen watching as he goes to fight the orca]
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36 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Best of its genre, 26 January 2005
Author: monterfamily from United States

Orca is better than your average horror film. It's not a masterpiece , but it offers considerable depth in terms of human values and those values that apply to nature. The Killer whale simply takes revenge against the man(Captain Nolan) Richard Harris, who accidentally killed his mate and aborted fetus. His personal vendetta is taken to great lengths as he prods Nolan into a duel by wreaking havoc on the poor village, thus incensing the townspeople to have the matter absolved. Poor (Nolan) Harris you know that in the look on his dissipated face from the moment he heard the female whale's shriek that he was destined for demise. And we even sympathize with him. Although ignorant and callous he still evokes enough charm and humility to espouse our curiosity. However, our initial sympathy is directed towards the Orca, because of his tragic loss due to man's greed and ignorance. And the funeral scene is probably the most touching and allegoric animal scene ever filmed since 'Old Yeller'. It's sad, beautiful, and eerie. But unfortunately Orca has no forgiveness in his aquatic heart and as Nolan progressively shows more remorse and guilt due to the causation of his action, Orca persists in terrorizing and confronting his enemy. I was hoping for a more peaceful resolution, but this film takes the darker journey. Orca should not be labeled as a Jaws ripoff at all. The reason people say that is because it took place in the same era. But Orca is actually a better movie than "Jaws". "Orca" emotes more sympathy and personifies the strife between beast and man, resulting from our injustice toward beast. It expresses the values we consider for nature and creates a heirarchal balance on how we judge man and beast. Unfortunately, the characters are not very likable. It's an admiral film that attempts to promote human feelings and sadness in a film that could have easily fallen into the "Nature goes amok" genre, e.g. "Jaws", "Grizzly", "The Day of the Animals", "Prophecy", etc. Kudos to Richard Harris for bringing deeper dimensions to his character that could have easily been played on a one- note by a less experienced actor. Harris brings forth his anguish, guilt, personal pain and fears in a role that enhanced the meaning of the film.

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