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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.
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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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  (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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People Concerned for the Ocean, a local Taiji activist group, distributed DVDs in March of 2011 of the film, dubbed in Japanese, to all 3,500 residents of Taiji.See more »
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76 out of 126 people found the following review useful.
'The Cove' is covert, gorilla film-making, 3 August 2009
Author: wildnat from United States

The Cove begins in Taji, Japan where we first meet former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry. O'Barry was the man responsible for capturing and training the five dolphins that played Flipper in the international TV sensation. When the cast and crew went away, it was O'Barry who remained on the set, he lived in the famous house on the lake with the dolphins until the shows end. It was here he learned how sensitive, self-aware, and highly intelligent these creatures are, and more importantly how harmful it was to keep them in captivity. One fateful day his dolphin Katherine, committed suicide in his arms. Every breath a dolphin takes is an intentional, conscience effort, Katherine laid in his arms, took one breath and went under forever. This was the catalyst for Ric O'Barry's journey, to undue what he created, to stop the capture and captivity of dolphins world wide. Sound like a typical "save the whales" boring documentary? This is not your granddaddy's documentary! The Cove unfolds more like a spy thriller than a hug the trees documentary, think James Bond meets Jacques Cousteau .

Ground Zero is Taji, Japan. From the outside the town seems to be devoted to the majestic creatures swimming off it's shores. Statues are erected, boats designed to look like dolphins cruise the shore, and a whale museum is the pinnacle of the town. But in a remote area we find a cove surrounded by barbed wire, keep out signs and security, it is here that the town's dark secret lies. Every year from September to March, fisherman motivated by the multi billion dollar dolphin trading industry and an underground market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, gather in this cove for the hunt. How this hunt is conducted is so grossly inhumane and dangerous to human health, that the fishermen go to great lengths, even murder, to keep anyone from seeing it. Ric O'Barry needed someone who could put together a team to infiltrate the cove. In walks filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society. With the local authorities tipped off to the project, the filmmakers put together an Oceans11 style team. The cast of characters include a Hollywood special effects artist, two world champion free divers, an adrenaline junkie, and an electronic expert from the Canadian Air Force. Their mission: to plant and recover the HD cameras on the cove and under water. To get past guards and police they conducted missions in the middle of the night using diversionary techniques and military grade high definition cameras that picked up on body heat. The husband and wife free diving team placed the cameras under water while the adrenaline junkies scaled the rocky face of the cove to plant the cameras in fake rocks. Several times we see the team seconds away from being caught. Their efforts paid off in a big way, the audience is taken into the cove to see first hand the horrors that happen there. The footage is some of the most powerful imagery I have seen.

This gorilla journalism style of film-making may be what we need to spark the interest of the new generation. I believe this documentary may spawn a new uprising in the "save the whale" movement, starting with shutting down the cove in Taji, Japan. The Cove infiltrated my dreams the night I saw it, that never happens to this jaded Angelino. This film will stay with you and it will make you want to help the cause. 23,000 dolphins are due to be hunted and executed starting in September, what will you do to stop it? The Cove opens in select cities August 7th.

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