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The true story of how a marine sea lion named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Whitney
Thalice Whitney
Steve Whitney
Aidan Pendleton ...
Paula Whitney
Shirley Broderick ...
Mrs. McCann
Harry Whitney
Mary May
Billy Baker
Mark Baker
Griff Armstrong
Joy Coghill ...
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
Dan Snow
John Miller
Kristian Ayre ...


Toni Whitney and her family adopt a baby sea lion. When it grows and starts getting into mischief, it antagonizes some of the fisherman in the town. One of the fisherman, Billy Baker, is upset with the Whitney's because Toni's father, Harry, was appointed Harbor Master instead of him, partially because of the seal. But when the humorous antics of the sea lion attracts media attention, further squeezing out Mark, and running down his business, he gets even more upset. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The greatest adventure is finding your way home

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for teen mischief, mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

André  »

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$16,819,465 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andre was a harbor seal, and was portrayed in the movie by a sea lion. The father trained him even though he had no experience as an animal trainer and found Andre to be very intelligent and easy to train. See more »


The film takes place in Maine, but there are shots where the Rocky Mountains are clearly visible. See more »


Mark Baker: He's not prejudiced, you know. He hates everybody.
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Crazy Credits

Home movies of the real Andre are shown while the credits are rolling. They are intercut with key scenes from the film. See more »


Peppermint Twist
Written by Joey Dee & Henry Glover
Performed by Joey Dee and The Starlighters
Courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc./EMI Records Limited
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Fine Family Film
24 February 2012 | by (Durham Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

There's really no need to go much in depth into this movie. It based on the true story of Andre the seal, a harbour seal rescued as a pup after losing his mother and raised by a human family in Rockport, Maine. It's basically the story of his interactions with the family, and with the variety of other animals that the family had in their home. There's a little bit of human drama involved, but mostly it's the story of Andre, and especially his relationship with young Toni (Tina Majorino), the youngest daughter of the family who develops a special bond with Andre, who eventually ends up spending his winters in the Boston Aquarium and then returns to the family in Rockport every year until he dies of old age 24 years later. The story is basically told from Toni's perspective.

It's a fine family film. Most of the cast aren't especially well known, but that's fine, because the star of the movie is really Andre. It's a movie you can sit down and watch with your kids for an enjoyable evening at home. Nothing more than that - but sometimes that's quite enough. (7/10)

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