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Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home -- It's been two years since a brave 12-year-old boy rescued a majestic orca whale named Willy, but their reunion is marred when an oil spill threatens Willy's pod.
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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
19 July 1995 (USA) See more »
The adventure is back. The fun is back. Willy's back. And this time he's brought his whole family to meet an old friend ... and take on a new challenge.
Jesse becomes reunited with Willy three years after the whale's jump to freedom as the teenager tries to rescue the killer whale and other orcas from an oil spill. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jason James Richter ... Jesse

Francis Capra ... Elvis

Mary Kate Schellhardt ... Nadine

August Schellenberg ... Randolph

Michael Madsen ... Glenn

Jayne Atkinson ... Annie

Mykelti Williamson ... Dwight

Elizabeth Peña ... Kate Haley

Jon Tenney ... John Milner
Paul Tuerpe ... Milner's Assistant

M. Emmet Walsh ... Bill Wilcox

John Considine ... Commander Blake
Steve Kahan ... Captain Nilson

Neal Matarazzo ... Helmsman Kelly

Al Sapienza ... Engineer

Wally Dalton ... Engineer
Clifford Fetters ... Engineer (as Cliff Fetters)

Julie Inouye ... Reporter

Basil Wallace ... Reporter
Janet Wu ... Reporter

Doug Ballard ... Veterinarian

June Christopher ... Veterinarian

Marguerite Moreau ... Julie
Christina Orchid ... Donut Shop Lady
Edward J. Rosen ... Environmental Man
Isaac T. Arnett Jr. ... Camper
Scott Stuber ... Policeman
Chanel Capra ... Teenage Girl at Ferry
Laura Gary ... Whale Spotter
John Harms ... Protester
Susan Brooks ... Protester
Jeff Brooks ... Protester

Joan Lunden ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erin Chambers ... Julie's friend (uncredited)

Keiko ... Willy (uncredited)

Barbara Anne Klein ... Helicoptor Medic (uncredited)

Directed by
Dwight H. Little 
Writing credits
Keith Walker (characters) (as Keith A. Walker)

Karen Janszen (written by) and
Corey Blechman (written by) and
John Mattson (written by)

Produced by
Richard Donner .... executive producer
David Eichler .... Supervising Production Associate
Sherry Fadely .... associate producer
Jennie Lew Tugend .... producer
Mark Marshall .... associate producer
Douglas C. Merrifield .... associate producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Lauren Shuler Donner .... producer
Richard Solomon .... co-producer
Jim Van Wyck .... executive producer
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
Cinematography by
László Kovács 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
Dallas Puett 
Casting by
Lynda Gordon 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
Paul Sylbert 
Art Direction by
Gregory Bolton 
Set Decoration by
Casey Hallenbeck 
Costume Design by
Erica Edell Phillips 
Makeup Department
Whitney James .... makeup artist
Charlene Johnson .... department head hair stylist
Christine Lee .... hair stylist (as Chris Lee)
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup department head
Production Management
Joseph P. Kane .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
K.C. Hodenfield .... first assistant director: second unit
Jayson Merrill .... assistant director
Conrad E. Palmisano .... second unit director
Lisa C. Satriano .... assistant director
John G. Scotti .... second assistant director
Jim Van Wyck .... assistant director
Art Department
Brady J. Condit .... set dresser
Sean Falkner .... key painter
Sean Falkner .... key sculptor
Sean Falkner .... sfx props
David Goldstein .... lead painter
Erik Grasteit .... assistant property master
Denise Heinrich .... art department coordinator
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser
Steven Curtis Husch .... leadman
Billy Iiams Jr. .... construction foreman
Bill Iiams .... construction coordinator
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
David Russell .... storyboard artist
Mindy R. Toback .... set designer
Franz Wise .... carpenter
Jeff J. Davis .... construction crew chief (uncredited)
Tony Guastella .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Tom Fox .... utility sound
Eric Gotthelf .... foley supervisor
Jim Hilton .... sound mixer
Robert Janiger .... production sound mixer
Martin Maryska .... supervising sound editor
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Catherine Rowe .... foley artist
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
George W. Scott .... boom operator
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jon G. Belyeu .... special effects
Ty Boyce .... animatronic designer
Ty Boyce .... animatronic operator
Walt Conti .... effects supervisor: Whale
Pieter Folkens .... killer whales designer/sculptor/behavior consultant
Casey Pritchett .... special effects technician
Jeff Weintraub .... electronics designer
Jeff Weintraub .... hydraulics designer
Jeff Weintraub .... mechanical design
Robert Hutchins .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Shawn Broes .... visual effects editor
Pat Conran .... visual effects artist
Sean Dever .... 3D digital artist
Joe Dubs .... digital artist
Gil Gagnon .... associate producer: Cinesite
Carole A. Kenneally .... visual effects editor
Joshua I. Kolden .... digital effects artist
Brad Kuehn .... digital effects supervisor
Kevin Lingenfelser .... digital paint supervisor: Cinesite
Kenneth Littleton .... composite supervisor
Lawrence Littleton .... composite supervisor
Kimberly Nelson LoCascio .... visual effects supervisor (as Kimberly K. Nelson)
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects
Valerie McMahon .... digital artist
Michael S. Pryor .... digital coordinator
Pete Romano .... miniature photographer
John E. Sasaki .... digital artist
Sean Schur .... CGI supervisor
Doug Tubach .... digital compositor
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor
John Lafauce .... digital artist (uncredited)
Al Magliochetti .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Noby Arden .... stunt double
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunt driver
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Bobby Porter .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
John Agalsoff Jr. .... video assist operator
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Wayne Baker .... camera operator: miniature unit
Paul Caven .... best boy electric
Billy Craft .... lighting technician
Wes Houle .... rigging best boy
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Frank R. Jimenez Jr. .... lamp operator
Michael A. Jones .... camera operator: 2nd unit
Gary Kangrga .... key grip
Bob E. Krattiger .... gaffer: second unit
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator
Rick Maddux .... assistant chief lighting technician: underwater unit
Michael A. McFadden .... grip
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician
Neal Norton .... camera operator: "b" camera
Neal Norton .... steadicam operator
Robert A. Preston .... dolly grip
Cynthia Pusheck .... assistant camera
Pete Romano .... underwater photographer
Kurt E. Soderling .... assistant camera
Albert Tablanza .... additional electrician
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael B. Corbett .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Leonard Romie .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tina Kerr .... extras casting
Amy L. Klein .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheri Reed .... set costumer
Amy Stofsky .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Brigitte Daloin .... assistant editor
Sean Hubbert .... first assistant editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Chris Maybach .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
David Foster .... song producer
J.J. George .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Ted Perlman .... music arranger
Lolita Ritmanis .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Transportation Department
Ted Moser .... transportation coordinator
Jack Sander .... driver
Other crew
Chris Corrado .... production assistant
Tina Dawson .... assistant accountant
Mike Fantasia .... location manager
Patricia Fay .... location manager
Laura Gary .... studio teacher
Lisa Greenspan .... assistant production coordinator
Daren Hicks .... production coordinator: second unit
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Eric Layne .... payroll accountant
Abbie Ludwig .... staff assistant
Jonas C. Matz .... set medic
Ed Nyerick .... assistant marine coordinator
Jennifer Owensby .... assistant: Mr. Madsen
Korin A. Tarin .... accounting assistant
P.R. Tooke .... script supervisor
Michael Vieira .... production assistant
Forrest Sloan Wright .... assistant production coordinator
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)

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Rated PG for mild language and mild peril
95 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Jesse's half brother's name is Elvis. In real life, Elvis Presley's stillborn brother's name was Jesse.See more »
Continuity: When Jesse, Nadine and Elvis sets out in the boat towards the end of the movie, following Willy and the other Orcas, it's daylight. When the helicopter arrives to rescue them from the burning oil, it's suddenly dark out. It wouldn't take the rescue helicopter several hours to either locate or rescue them, so it couldn't have been evening/late at night.See more »
Randolph:[Gives Jesse a necklace with an orca on it] My people believe your soul is right here.
[Points to Jesse's chest]
Randolph:So when you wear that, the Orca is close to your soul.
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The boy and the whale are back, but the warmth and cheer-inducing magic have been diminished, 27 May 2011
Author: TheUnknown837-1 from United States

The boy is back. The whale is back. Most of the supporting cast from the 1993 cult classic "Free Willy" is back for the sequel, which hit theaters before an excited crowd of youngsters and their parents in 1995. But the cheer-inducing magic that I loved so much in the original has gone in "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" which isn't quite the adventure that the title seems to hint at. The title just seems more marketable and that's the way the movie feels, too. It's got the typical monotonous, rushed feeling that I tend to find most sequels have and while it's far from a disaster, it is a letdown from the warmness and nostalgia-stirring charm that I adored so much in the original film.

In the last movie, the beloved orca Willy (Keiko) leaped to safety from greedy marine park owners and escaped to the wild while the little boy he befriended, Jesse (Jason James Richter) finally came to peace with his foster parents. Two years later, Willy is still running free in the wild with his kin and the boy is reaching that age. You know. The age where girls send his heart pumping and the news that he has a half-brother strikes him like a ton of bricks. His estranged mother has passed away and so he and his foster parents have to take the unwanted, obnoxious brat from New York (Francis Capra) on their camping trip. Jesse's not so interested in camping, but more in meeting up with his old friend (August Schellenberg), his pretty goddaughter (Mart Kate Shellhardt), and of course, lovable Willy and his family. But things take a turn for the worse when an oil tanker runs aground in the cove where the whales are living and it's then that I realized "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" should have been titled "Free Willy 2: The Escape" because that's more of what it's about. Or why not just "Free Willy 2"? Oh, yeah. Marketable.

Everything that I loved so much in the first movie has been watered down here. First of all, the sheer awe and magic of the killer whales. Whereas I could really feel the majesty and the amazing presence of Willy and the other whales in the first film, here it seems more like placid outtakes from a rather cheap documentary, as if the cast cheering at the sight of Willy were doing so at pictures and not the real thing. Amazing as it sounds, but even though his namesake is the title of the movie, Willy has very little to do with the movie at all. He's really just there for more marketing value. It's not until the third act, the only energized moment in the picture, that he really comes into play and even though, just briefly.

Furthermore, the character dynamics are diminished. The sequel tries to explore the further complications of Jessie's life, but it only cracks open the doors of opportunity, never exploits them. The dynamic between him and his foster parents is just dimmed-down reruns of the same stuff we saw in the first movie. Even his relationship to the whale is dumbed away. But how about his new cast mates? Well, Mr. Capra does what he can, but he has one of the most aggravating characters in children movie history to play here. Even when his heart gets put into the right place, he's really hard to put up with and as a result, becomes hard to care about. And pretty and talented as she is, as Jesse's love interest, Miss Shellhardt does not have much to do and their romance is contrived, tiresome, tedious, and boring. As most teenage love stories are. Maybe that's just the key. Maybe the reason I've never bought teenage love stories in movies is because I don't believe in them. I don't buy the gimmicks they use here, especially considering the age. But that's a subject for another day. The point is: their scenes together go on forever but leave about as much impact as a speck of sand on the wing of a plane.

The first two acts of "Free Willy 2" are really slow-going. Not until the third act does the movie even pick up a little. The director, Dwight H. Little has talent. He knows how to use a camera well and he has skill with working around actors and his crew. The movie is well-shot...most of the time. The whale scenes aren't very well-staged. But what ultimately founders the movie is the severely diminished screenplay. Now I saw this movie more than ten years ago, as a child, having fallen in love with the original film. But whereas the first "Free Willy" stuck in my memory into my adulthood, this one did not. I only remembered flashes of it. Looking back on it again, I can clearly see why.

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