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Free Willy (1993)

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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Storyline

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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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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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,030,138 (UK) (4 March 1994)

Gross:

$77,698,625 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Keiko, the killer whale used in the film, died on Friday 12 December 2003 after the sudden onset of pneumonia in the Taknes Fjord in Norway. The whale was 27 years old. See more »

Goofs

When Jesse first feeds Willy, he throws a headless fish into his tank. When Willy brings it back to him, it has a head. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Mr. Dial: God, I hate that whale!
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Referenced in Being Michael Madsen (2007) See more »

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Didn't Mean to Hurt You
Written by Taj Jackson, Taryll Jackson, and T.J. Jackson
Performed by 3T
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Great story. Excellent movie.
21 January 2006 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

I just love it when there is a story that has two negative forces coming together, and somehow, magically healing each other. Jesse, roughened from his abandonment and time on the streets, and Willy, kidnapped and separated from his family are the duo. It is a great story, and a wonderful film.

It is so rare, that of all the movies and books and media that I have consumed in my 25 years of life, I can only think of one other story that has this same type of magical quality (The Secret Garden). This movie is also great for environmental reasons, and as an avid watcher of Captain Planet, I fell in love with this movie when I was a child.

As an adult, I have an annual pass to Seaworld, and I love killer whales. They are so intelligent, and extremely beautiful. Willy is no exception. Free Willy!


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