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

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Toni Whitney
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Thalice Whitney
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Steve Whitney
Aidan Pendleton ...
Paula Whitney
Shirley Broderick ...
Mrs. McCann
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Harry Whitney
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Mary May
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Billy Baker
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Mark Baker
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Griff Armstrong
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Ellwyn
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Betsy
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Dan Snow
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John Miller
Kristian Ayre ...
Gerald

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Storyline

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


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

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17 August 1994 (USA)  »

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André  »

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$16,819,465 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paula suggests naming the baby seal "Marky", after her boyfriend. In real life, Harry Goodridge had found a seal pup a couple of years prior to Andre, and named it Marky. Unfortunately, Marky didn't survive. See more »

Goofs

Andre the seal was played by a sea lion but it was acting, and playing the part of a seal for the movie - it's a Hollywood thing. See more »

Quotes

Thalice: How do you spell Mississippi?
Toni: M-I-S-S-I... Who cares, mom? I live in Maine!
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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 »

Connections

Features Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Green Onions
Written by Al Jackson Jr. (as Al Jackson, Jr.), Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg (as Lewis Steinberg) & Steve Cropper
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s (as Booker T. & The MG's)
Courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc.
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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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