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Free Willy (1993)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Family  -  16 July 1993 (USA)
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When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.

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Fishermen separate a young orca whale (Willy) from his parents and he ends up in a fish bowl at a marina. Meanwhile, a street kid runs afoul of the law and gets caught vandalising the marina, but his social worker gets him off the hook (so to speak) provided he cleans up his mess at the marina. While there, he befriends the whale and teaches him tricks, something the trainer hasn't been able to do. But when Willy is a dud in front of the audience, the marina owner plans some bad things, and the boy and his friends must try to (*** MAJOR SPOILERS ***) free Willy. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A 12 year old street kid. A 3 ton orca whale. A friendship you could never imagine. An adventure you'll never forget. See more »


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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »
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16 July 1993 (USA)  »

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Liberen a Willy  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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£4,030,138 (UK) (4 March 1994)

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£5,343,231 (UK) (15 April 1994)
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When the film was broadcast with a Mexican dub in the United States, it was titled "Libren a Willy," which is grammatically incorrect. The correct Spanish title would have been "Liberen a Willy," or "Liberad a Willy" which is the title used in Spain. See more »

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(at around 1h 18 mins) When Randolph and Jesse are looking at the leaking tank for the first time, Randolph says "It's part of the tank", his lips do not move. See more »

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Randolph: We've all become great admirers of your work around here, but all good things must come to an end.
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How Can You Leave Me Now
Written by Paul Frazier
Performed by Funky Poets
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Very touching movie about a special friendship for all ages that will warm your heart
20 December 2005 | by (Chantilly, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

FREE WILLY, in my opinion, is a very touching movie about a special friendship for all ages that will warm your heart. I really loved the tricks that Willy did. If I could have, I would have helped him get to safety myself. The only problem is how I would get him to safety, since I can't drive. The score was good, the costumes were perfectly designed, everyone was cast perfectly, and the direction was flawless. In conclusion, I highly recommend this very touching movie about a special friendship for all ages to anyone who hasn't seen it. You're in for a real treat and a good time, so go to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with someone close to you, and watch it. I guarantee you you'll thoroughly enjoy it.


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