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The Cove -- An amazing true story that is one part action-adventure thriller, one part documentary and a completely heart-pounding call for help from the world's oceans.
The Cove -- Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
The Cove -- Clip: Planning the mission
The Cove -- In the 1960's, Richard O'Barry was the world’s leading authority on dolphin training. Day in and day out, O'Barry kept the dolphins working and television audiences smiling. But one day, that all came to a tragic end.


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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard O'Barry ... Himself (as Ric O'Barry)

Louie Psihoyos ... Himself
Hardy Jones ... Himself
Michael Illiff ... Himself
Joji Morishita ... Himself
Ian Campbell ... Himself

Paul Watson ... Himself (as Captain Paul Watson)
Doug DeMaster ... Himself
Dave Rastovich ... Himself / Surfer

Charles Hambleton ... Himself
Hayato Sakurai ... Himself
Kazutaka Sangen ... Himself
Simon Hutchins ... Himself
Joe Chisholm ... Himself
Mandy-Rae Cruikshank ... Herself / Freediver
Kirk Krack ... Himself / Freediver
Roger Payne ... Himself
Hideki Moronuki ... Himself
Dan Goodman ... Himself
Tetsuya Endo ... Himself
C. Scott Baker ... Himself
Brook Aitken ... Himself
John Potter ... Himself (as Dr. John Potter)
John Fuller ... Himself
Atherton Martin ... Himself
Deborah Bassett ... Surfer (as Deborah Basset)
Steven Barilotti ... Surfer (as Steve Barilotti)
Shannon Sol Carroll ... Surfer
Howie Cooke ... Surfer
James Cox ... Surfer

Hannah Fraser ... Surfer
Peter Heller ... Surfer
Justin Krumb ... Surfer
Chris Lane ... Surfer
Andrew Lucas ... Surfer
Karlee Mackie ... Surfer
Owen J. Newcomb ... Surfer

Jeff Pantukhoff ... Surfer
Karina Petroni ... Surfer
James Pribham ... Surfer
Seamon ... Surfer
Kuni Takanami ... Surfer
Angie Takanami ... Surfer
James Triglone ... Surfer

Lesley Vogel ... Surfer

Isabel Lucas ... Herself: Whateman Foundation / Save the Whales

Hayden Panettiere ... Herself: Whateman Foundation / Save the Whales
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Greg 'Moondog' Mooney ... Himself (uncredited)

Hans Peter Roth ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Louie Psihoyos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Monroe  writer

Produced by
Olivia Ahnemann .... co-producer
Jim Clark .... executive producer
Paula DuPré Pesmen .... producer
Charles Hambleton .... associate producer
Fisher Stevens .... producer
Original Music by
J. Ralph 
Cinematography by
Brook Aitken 
Film Editing by
Geoffrey Richman 
Production Management
Joe Chisholm .... unit production manager
Robert Warmflash .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Jeremy Blanchard .... graphic designer
Anita Johnston .... additional graphic artist
Geoff Lillemon .... additional graphic artist
Nate Naylor .... additional graphic artist
Dan Ragland .... graphic designer
Mike Scalisi .... additional graphic artist
Brandon Smith .... graphic designer
Reed Smith .... artist: blimp
Sound Department
Ryan Collison .... foley recordist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer (as Roberto Fernandez)
Jim Gardner .... director of operations: Sound One
Kelly Garry .... sound
Matthew Haasch .... foley supervisor
Mickey Houlihan .... sound consultant: Wind Over the Earth
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Greg 'Moondog' Mooney .... sound
Joe Olson .... sound advisor: underwater
Glenfield Payne .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenfield Payne .... supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jorge Plana .... sound
Gus Skinas .... sound consultant: Audio Center
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Stuart Stanley .... dialogue editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Stern .... sound effects editor
Edward Thacker .... sound
Mark Venezia .... sound consultant: Wind Over the Earth
Chris Wright .... sound consultant: Audio Center
Paul Yurt .... systems engineer
Olaf Mierau .... dubbing director (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Nelson Hall .... rock camera housing: Kerner Optical
Danny Wagner .... rock camera housing: Kerner Optical
Kevin Wallace .... rock camera housing supervisor: Kerner Optical
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Peter Abramson .... additional cameraman
Peter Blakely .... still photographer
Joe Chisholm .... additional cameraman (as Joseph Chisholm)
Eduardo Cruz Coke .... camera crew: Chile (as Eduardo Cruz-Coke)
Santiago De La Cruz Monreal .... camera crew: Chile
Pablo Del Rio .... camera crew: Chile
David Doubilet .... still photographer
Dennis Flippin .... additional cameraman
Charles Hambleton .... additional cameraman
Miles Hubley .... additional cameraman
Greg Huglin .... camera operator
Simon Hutchins .... additional cameraman
Goh Iromoto .... additional cameraman
Kirk Krack .... additional cameraman
I. Kelly Mason .... videographer:
Richard O'Barry .... additional cameraman
Kioshi Ota .... still photographer
Louie Psihoyos .... additional cameraman
Michael Ramsey .... additional cameraman
Hans Scherer .... camera crew: Chile
Diana Thater .... videographer:
Tom White .... additional cameraman
Todd Williams .... additional cameraman
Animation Department
Damon Ciarelli .... animator: Ice Cold Milk
Mike Scalisi .... additional animator
Boo Wong .... animator: Ice Cold Milk
Editorial Department
Will Cox .... digital intermediate colorist
Corey Drayton .... additional assistant editor
Dennis Flippin .... additional editor
Miles Hubley .... assistant editor
Ben Laffin .... on-line editor
Kristen Molina .... digital intermediate producer
Mike Scalisi .... associate editor
Tom White .... assistant editor
Russ Wiltse .... additional editor (as Russell Wiltse)
David Zieff .... creative consultant
Music Department
Brian Binsack .... second scoring engineer
Paul Crowder .... musician: drums
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Kathleen Hasay .... music supervision assistant
Alexandra Hill .... music supervision executive
Bub Jess .... music arranger
Bub Jess .... music producer
Bub Jess .... scoring engineer
Bub Jess .... scoring mixer
Ric Markmann .... composer: theme music
Richard Markmann .... composer: additional music
Richard Markmann .... music producer
Richard Markmann .... musician
Gary Morris .... music studio coordinator
Papaginou .... musician: buduk, world woodwinds & flutes
Arthur Pingrey .... music co-producer
Arthur Pingrey .... pro-tools and computer programming
Dan Pinnella .... composer: additional music (as Danny Pinnella)
Dan Pinnella .... music producer (as Danny Pinnella)
Dan Pinnella .... musician (as Danny Pinnella)
Chris Wagner .... composer: additional music
Chris Wagner .... music producer
Chris Wagner .... musician
Tracy Waname .... musician: woodwinds (as Tracey Wanamae)
Arthur Pingrey .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Abel .... production supplier: Abel Cine Tech
Anne S. Atkinson .... legal counsel
C. Scott Baker .... dna analysis: Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University
Sergio Ballivian .... production assistant
Robert Barrel .... location guide
Kim Beddall .... location guide
Max Benjamin .... location guide
Greg Beyette .... location guide
Jeremy Blanchard .... website designer
Chris Brandson .... location guide
Fabricio Carbo .... location guide
Lou Ciccone .... legal counsel
Michael Clark .... underwater assistant
Mandy-Rae Cruikshank .... freediver
Karen Dawson .... bookkeeping services
Marina Dellestaing .... location guide
Ralph DePalma .... legal counsel (as Ralph Depalma)
Nelson Diaz .... location guide
Andrew Driver .... diving equipment and training
Nancy Easterbrook .... location guide
Shigeo Ekino .... scientific advisor: Kumamoto University
John J. Ellerbrook .... underwater camera supplier (as John J Ellerbrock)
Mark T. Elliott .... assistant: Fisher Stevens (as Mark Elliot)
Tetsuya Endo .... scientific advisor: HSU of Hokkaido
Stew Esposito .... location guide
Jon Gauvin .... underwater camera supplier
Julie Goldman .... production consultant
Wyndham Hannaway .... production supplier: GW Hannaway & Associates
Wyndham Hannaway .... technical advisor
Masazumi Harada .... scientific advisor: Kumamoto Gakuen University
Sakae Hemmi .... japanese consultant
Mark Higashino .... japanese translator
Matthias Hoffmann-Kuhnt .... scientific advisor: National University of Singapore (as Dr. Matthias Hoffman-Kuhunt)
Simon Hutchins .... director of expeditions
Goh Iromoto .... japanese interpreter
Ebba Bjelkholm Isaksson .... pr/media
Pasqul Jaqut .... location guide (as Pascal Jaqut)
Peter Jaszi .... intellectual property counsel
Jeffrey C. Johnson .... legal counsel
Anita Johnston .... title designer
Burt Jones .... location guide
Krysanne Katsoolis .... production consultant
Wilder W. Knight II .... legal counsel (as W. Wilder Knight II)
Kirk Krack .... freediver
Hidemi Kumai .... scientific advisor: Fisheries Lab Kinki University
Elizabeth Landon .... production assistant
Geoff Lillemon .... title designer
James Mack .... blimp pilot
James Mack .... helicopter pilot
Junko Mackert .... japanese translator
Lorenzo Martinez .... location guide
John Miller-Monzon .... archival researcher
Aileen Mioko Smith .... advisor: Green Action
Brett Monroe .... infared technology: Monroe Infared Technologies
Burke Mooney .... diving equipment and training
Greg 'Moondog' Mooney .... marine technician
Nate Naylor .... title designer
Dan Nelson .... legal counsel
Lincoln O'Barry .... assistant: Ric O'Barry
Lincoln O'Barry .... assistant: Richard O'Barry
Richard O'Barry .... advisor: Earth Island Institute
Joseph R. Olsen .... scientific advisor: Cetacean Research Technology
Bob Olson .... diving equipment and training
Kiyoshi Ota .... japanese interpreter
Stacy Owens .... assistant
Adam A. Pack .... scientific advisor: The Dolphin Institute
Julie Palmer .... transcription services
Raymond Para .... location guide
Jim Pasa .... travel assistance: Odyssey Travel
Thomas Perceval .... location guide
Don Poe .... production supplier: People Productions
John Potter .... scientific advisor: Underwater Acoustics Consultant (as Dr. John Potter)
Maclaren Prior .... location guide
Nicholas Psihoyos .... underwater assistant
Sam Psihoyos .... underwater assistant
Viki Psihoyos .... communication director: OPS
Lyda Reeves .... production assistant: Japan
Diana Reiss .... scientific advisor: Dolphin Cognition and Intelligence, Hunter College, City University of NY (as Dr. Diana Reiss)
Paul Remijan .... underwater camera supplier
Scott Roche .... production supplier: Coupe Studios
Kimberly Rogers .... production coordinator
Jay Rubin .... business affairs manager: Sound One
Carl Saieva .... underwater camera supplier
Mike Scalisi .... title designer
Theresa Schaller .... transcription services
Sarah Diane Selby .... legal counsel (as Sarah Selby)
Mishigo Shibuya .... interpreter: Japanese
Mishigo Shibuya .... japanese interpreter
Beverly Silva .... travel assistance: The Hotel Boulderado
Brandon Smith .... website designer
Sarah Stearns .... production assistant
Robert Stein .... legal counsel (as F. Robert Stein)
Caroline Stevens .... production consultant
Neil Sullivan .... production supplier: GW Hannaway & Associates
David Sundstrom .... blimp pilot
David Sundstrom .... helicopter pilot
Georgia Terry .... travel assistance: James Travel Points
Osaldo Emiddio Vasquez Ravelo .... location guide
Philippa Ward .... location guide
Phillipa Ward .... location guide
Jason Williamson .... location guide
Marianne Yee .... travel assistance: Tulips Travel
Michiko Zentoh .... japanese translator
Michiko Zentoh .... location coordinator: Japan
David Zieff .... creative consultant
David Scott Leatherwood .... marketing team (uncredited)
Katya Bassil .... special thanks
Natalie Boudreau .... special thanks
Julie Bowett .... special thanks
Chris Columbus .... special thanks
Griffin Dunne .... special thanks
Thomas Jernoluk .... very special thanks
Iain Kerr .... special thanks: Ocean Alliance
Andrew Kershaw .... special thanks
Yoji Kita .... special thanks
Ken Olin .... thanks
Roger Payne .... special thanks: Ocean Alliance
Bill Pullman .... thanks
Robert Redford .... special thanks
Jay Rubin .... special thanks
Richard E. Schaden .... very special thanks
Richard F. Schaden .... very special thanks
Liev Schreiber .... thanks (as Liev Schrieber)
Gore Verbinski .... special thanks
Nadine Weil .... special thanks
Lars Wolloe .... special thanks
Steven Zaillian .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing content
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Austria:12 | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U | Germany:6 | Ireland:PG | Japan:PG12 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:7 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45375)

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Kerner Optical, previously the Industrial Light and Magic model shop, created special camouflaged (rock-like) cameras that helped capture some of the footage in the cove.See more »
Richard O'Barry:The thing that turned me around was the death of Flipper, of Cathy. She was really depressed. I could feel it. I could see it. And she committed suicide in my arms. That's a very strong word, suicide. But you have to understand dolphins and other whales are not automatic air breathers...See more »
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219 out of 283 people found the following review useful.
The tin-foil-hat-wearing hypocrites are out in force, 8 October 2009
Author: bushido79 from Australia

One-sided? Yes. Superbly crafted? Most certainly. A practical joke or fantastically manufactured lie? Despite what many of the conspiracy theorists here would tell you, no, it is not.

The campaigning elements of the film may not sit well with some people, but the facts are the facts, and there's simply no denying the emotional impact this film has. It is a prime example of constructed film-making with an overt agenda, filled with elements that at time make it feel like a heist movie or spy thriller.

Having said that, there's no doubting just how real the horrors are. The annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins in an isolated cove near Taiji is sickening, heart-wrenching and unnecessary. After select dolphins are taken for the world's aquariums, the rest are left for brutal and barbaric butchering. I for one appreciate the risks taken by the film makers in attempting to get this story out, and I would place good money on this documentary being a front-runner for next year's Oscars.

One of the marks of a powerful documentary is the response it generates from the hordes of nay Sayers. Some of the absurdly laughable comments listed here on IMDb are begging to be called out and exposed for the pathetic lies that they are.

Conspiracy theory/lie no.1: The premise of dolphins being slaughtered en masse in Taiji is a complete fabrication.

This belongs in the same volume of crackpot collections as those who deny the dangers of global warming. It is indeed real, and there is a plethora of information available to anyone with 3rd grade research skills. An article by Minoru Matsutani appeared in the Japan Times on Sept 23rd this year covering the issues raised in The Cove. The practice of mass dolphin slaying is indeed confirmed.

Falsehood no.2: That the scenes from Taiji's infamous cove were in fact filmed in Ottawa.

People will fabricate lies without any thought of at least giving the lie some credibility. There is no evidence to support this ridiculous claim. And having personally travelled along the east coast of Honshu in 2001, I can tell you that this is indeed filmed in Taiji.

Falsehood no.3: Dolphins are not native to Japan.

Wrong. Dead wrong. Bottlenose dolphins, for one, inhabit all warm temperate seas worldwide – including Japan. In fact, Mikura Island has a permanent colony of bottlenose dolphins.

I'm utterly delighted that this film is stirring up so much emotion, as this is exactly what is needed to spark change. Most people in Japan aren't even aware of this atrocity, and had it not been for this film, I seriously doubt many of them would have ever known.

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