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Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)

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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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Francis Capra, the young actor who played Elvis (Jesse's half-brother) in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) was approached to reprise his role in this film. He declined because he felt that the character of Max was too similar to Elvis. See more »

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Jesse: [Sarcastically] Thanks for all you're doing.
Captain Drake: It was nothing.
Randolph: [Sarcastically] You're not kidding.
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One of the best family films!
28 February 2001 | by (Minnesota, USA) – See all my reviews

Free Willy 3 is primarily about Max, an intelligent, inquisitive ten-year-old who accompanies his father on a whaling expedition. His conscience bothers him about his father's career, but instead of taking the usual route of performing a string of silly pranks (like you would see in a lot of children's shows), he tries reasoning with his dad. He also asks question after question -- not just about the technical aspects of whaling, but he also delves deeper into the more important questions of life ("Do you always have to do the right thing, even if it hurts?").

One of the things I liked best about Free Willy 3 was the realistic and sympathetic portrayal of the father, even though he was the "villain" of the story. He was a man doing a job that has been in his family for years, and without it he wasn't sure who he was. Despite having a career others disagreed with, he was a caring, compassionate person who loved his son. Other characters are drawn out nicely as well -- Jesse and Randolph, from the first two films, and their new co-workers on the sea -- showing their tempers as well as their more positive sides.

Couple all these features with stunning cinematography and a beautiful score, and you have one fine film!


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