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Free Willy -- Two worlds separated by water and land come together in thisheartwarming adventure about the friendship between a troubled young boy and a orca whale.
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Writers (WGA):
Keith Walker (story)
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Release Date:
16 July 1993 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason James Richter ... Jesse

Lori Petty ... Rae Lindley

Jayne Atkinson ... Annie Greenwood

August Schellenberg ... Randolph Johnson

Michael Madsen ... Glen Greenwood

Michael Ironside ... Dial

Richard Riehle ... Wade

Mykelti Williamson ... Dwight Mercer

Michael Bacall ... Perry

Danielle Harris ... Gwenie
Isaiah Malone ... Vector
Betsy Toll ... Passerby #1
Rob Sample ... Passerby #2
Merrilyn Jones ... Passerby #3
Mickey Gaines ... Waiter
Justin R. Hall ... Fish Thrower
Robert M. Duque ... Fish Thrower
Sam Samson ... Fish Thrower
Willis Van Dusen ... Willis Van Dusen
Tom Lasswell ... Brody
Moultrie Patten ... Homeless Man
Ed Murphy ... Homeless Man

Jim Michaels ... Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simos Kalivas ... Amusement Park Attendant (uncredited)

Keiko ... Willy (uncredited)

Erik L. Nelson ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Simon Wincer 
Writing credits
Keith Walker (story) (as Keith A. Walker)

Keith Walker (screenplay) (as Keith A. Walker) and
Corey Blechman (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Donner .... executive producer
Penelope L. Foster .... co-producer
Jennie Lew Tugend .... producer
Mark Marshall .... associate producer
Douglas C. Merrifield .... associate producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Lauren Shuler Donner .... producer (as Lauren Shuler-Donner)
Richard Solomon .... co-producer
Jim Van Wyck .... co-producer
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
Cinematography by
Robbie Greenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
O. Nicholas Brown 
Casting by
Lynda Gordon 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
Art Direction by
Diane Yates 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Whitney James .... key makeup artist
Cheri Ruff .... hair stylist
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup department head
Production Management
Héctor López .... unit production manager
Charles Skouras III .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Cotone .... second assistant director
Lisa C. Satriano .... second second assistant director
Alisa Statman .... second second assistant director
Jim Van Wyck .... first assistant director
Art Department
Christopher Amy .... first assistant property master
Charles A. Carlsen .... propmaker
Hugh Conlon .... construction general foreman
Bruce J. Gfeller .... construction coordinator
Mark Knapton .... foreman
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
René Marquéz .... assistant property master
Erik L. Nelson .... property master
Michael Ruby .... painter
Michael Ruby .... signwriter
David Russell .... storyboard artist
Sean Skelding .... set dressing
Daniel Turk .... foreman
Taylor Yingling .... carpenter
Ken Erck .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Benjamin Hayden .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Chau .... sound designer
Tim Chau .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Clark .... sound editor
Jim Hilton .... sound mixer
William Jacobs .... sound editor
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor
Billy King .... boom operator
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernard Weiser .... sound effects editor
David Behle .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mitchell Barham .... animatronic whales
Ty Boyce .... animatronic whales
Ty Boyce .... electrical/hydraulic designer
Walt Conti .... effects supervisor: Whale
Pieter Folkens .... killer whale designer/sculptor
Gregory L. Richards .... special effects crew
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects (as Tom Ward)
Visual Effects by
Tim Donahue .... matte painter
Paul Lewis .... digital effects artist
Rick Rische .... matte painter
David Stump .... effects director of photography
John C. Wash .... visual effects supervisor
Jake Lombard .... stunt performer
Dan Plum .... stunt performer
Dennis Scott .... stunt coordinator
Eric Sugden .... stunt performer
Debi Derryberry .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew E. Alper .... first assistant camera (as Matthew Alper)
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
R. Michael De Chellis .... rigging gaffer
Scott Fieldsteel .... best boy
Daniel C. Gold .... first assistant camera
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Conrad W. Hall .... camera operator
Wes Houle .... set electrician
Sunny Johnson .... grip
Robin Alan Knight .... key grip (as Robin Knight)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
John T. Martin .... grip
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
David L. Merrill .... dolly grip
James Plannette .... gaffer
Cynthia Pusheck .... assistant camera
Dennis Smith .... Steadicam operator
Daryl Steinkopf .... grip
Bob Talbot .... cinematographer: wildlife
Neil Toussaint .... second assistant camera
Karl Linde .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Megann Ratzow .... casting: Portland (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexandria Forster .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Brett Carroll .... assistant editor
Bryan H. Carroll .... assistant editor
Robert W. Hedland .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Location Management
Mike Fantasia .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe and English horn
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Maria Newman .... musician
Basil Poledouris .... conductor
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Paul Wertheimer .... score recordist
Greig McRitchie .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Arturo Curiel .... transportation captain
Ricardo Díaz Avilés .... driver (as Ricardo Díaz)
Enrique Díaz .... driver
Jack Sander .... driver
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Nina Axelrod .... talent searcher
Matthew J. Birch .... assistant: Ms. Shuler-Donner
Tawny Duel .... assistant production office coordinator
Laura Gary .... studio teacher
Gary Gillingham .... production accountant
Stacy Layne Kramer .... assistant accountant
Cathy Lawrence .... assistant: Simon Wincer
Jonas C. Matz .... set medic
Kevin McDermott .... acting coach
Stacie O'Beirne .... production insurance services
Jason Roberts .... assistant: Richard Donner
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
P.R. Tooke .... script supervisor
Christa Vausbinder .... production associate
Netta Bank .... representative: American Humane Association (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)

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Rated PG for some mild language
112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Canada:G (British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:0 | Iceland:L | Philippines:G | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:U | USA:PG (certificate #32315)

Did You Know?

August Schellenberg dubbed himself in the French Canadian version.See more »
Continuity: When Randolph asked Jesse if he had ever looked into Willy's eyes, he said, about orcas, "Those eyes discovered the stars long before man was even a whisper on this Earth", but later when telling Jesse the Haida story about Natselane, he said "Natselane was a Haida who lived long before there were orca whales".See more »
Jesse:I'm asking for your help. Please, he's gonna die!
Glenn:There's a 10 foot length of chain and the winch control behind the seat of the truck. Go and get it.
Jesse:Thanks, Glenn.
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40 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Underrated movie of a charming childhood adventure, 5 November 2005
Author: Andreas Niedermayer ( from Klagenfurt, Austria

Oh, this one is underrated here. The story of Jason James Richter's character trying to escape from a life of crime and missing prospects is way beyond the average. The growing affection for Willy is not even stereotyped or clichéd. It's a genuine bond that focuses on two outcast characters who slowly but surely come to experience true friendship and the value of trust. Jason's performance really appealed to me when I saw this movie as a kid. It is a sincere depiction of friendship, of a way out, of fighting for your values against all odds and of never giving up. Right, I'm grown up now, but this is one of the movies of my childhood I'd like to watch again, and I'm sure I'd enjoy it almost as much as back then. Jason James had very few acting appearances, but the Free Willy series assured him his place in movie history. His entire performance in here is sincere and straight, he doesn't laugh nor smile if it wasn't just natural in the specific sequences. His facial expressions and body language fit into the total frame as well. The story has some profoundly human themes to it. I can't help it, I think this one is both entertaining and deep, dealing with emotions and prospects of life, with integrity and courage in the face of danger.

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