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Orca (1977) Poster

(1977)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The sounds played and recorded through the hydrophone are recordings of humpback whale calls, not orca calls.
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Character error 

When Nolan yells for the ship to go hard to port, he points to his right, which would be starboard.
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Continuity 

The whale is nicked by a harpoon, yet it is uninjured in several subsequent scenes.
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Errors in geography 

The film is set in Newfoundland, Canada. In some scenes the main character's fishing vessel flies the U.S. flag.
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Factual errors 

Orcas aren't monogamous. The belief that Orcas stay with one mate for life stemmed from the fact that the same male orcas travel with the same females. It has since been discovered that male orcas stay in a family pod with their mothers, sisters, and aunts for their entire lives. Females mate with males from other pods to decrease the chances of inbreeding.
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Whales and dolphins don't breathe automatically like humans do. They sleep with half of their brain at a time because they need to come to the surface to breathe. If someone really tranquilized an orca like Nolan did with the needle in the harpoon, both halves of its brain would be asleep at the same time, and it would stop breathing and drown.
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Revealing mistakes 

In some of the shots of the male killer whale jumping out of the water, you can tell that it's a female killer whale because of its hook-shaped fin.
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Spoilers 

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Continuity 

The orca grabs Ken's arm with its jaws, then drags him into the water. However, in the shot where Orca drags Ken into the water, the orca has nothing in its jaws, and Ken has disappeared.
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Revealing mistakes 

Annie's cast-clad leg is briefly visible after the whale bites it off, extending through a hole in the floor.
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