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Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)

A teenage Jesse and old friend Randolph try to foil an illegal whaler threatening Willy and his pregnant mate.

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Willy the whale is back, this time threatened by illegal whalers making money off sushi. Jesse, now 16, has taken a job on an orca-researching ship, along with old friend Randolph and a sarcastic scientist, Drew. On the whaler's ship is captain John Wesley and his son, Max, who isn't really pleased about his father's job, but doesn't have the gut to say so. Along the way, Willy reunites with Jesse, who helps Max realize that whales are a little more than just cheese burgers. Written by Bryan Chiu

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A new friend. A new threat. A new adventure that will capture your heart.


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Rated PG for thematic elements involving whale hunting, and for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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$992,651 (USA) (8 August 1997)

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$3,519,178 (USA) (19 September 1997)
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The Nintendo game that Max plays when he comes back home from the store at the beginning of the movie, is Star Fox (1993) on Super Nintendo. See more »

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The name of the foster father changed from Glenn (Free Willy and Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home) to Ben in this sequel. See more »

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Max: Why do you care, anyway?
Jesse: If one of your friends was in trouble, wouldn't you try to help him?
Max: If I could.
Jesse: My friends are whales.
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Referenced in Futurama: Leela's Homeworld (2002) See more »

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Not bad as far as sequels go
17 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am going to start off by saying I really like the first two Free Willy movies. I would hardly call them the best movies ever, but they are very nice movies and I think underrated. This sequel is a worthy one. While there is a predictable story, some weak spots in the script and a lacklustre ending Free Willy 3:The Rescue is a nice and worthy sequel, that could have been so much worse.

Flaws aside, Free Willy 3 does have some stunning cinematography, and I loved the scene when Randolph throws the oranges in the water. I also loved the scenes between Nikki and Willy, and the one when Nikki gives birth which was brilliantly done. The score is absolutely beautiful, the pacing is brisk and the direction is amiable. And the characters are appealing especially Willy and Nikki, while Jesse and Max are great characters and the father is a sympathetic figure even for the villain of the piece, except I don't see him as a proper villain, just someone who means well but doesn't know exactly what he wants. The acting is good too, Jason James Richter and Vincent Berry are very likable, August Schellenberg makes a welcome return as Randolph and Patrick Kalpatrick does a great job with his character.

All in all, a pleasant family film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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