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Big Miracle (2012)

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In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Pingayak ...
John Chase ...
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Othniel 'Anaqulutuq' Oomittuk Jr. ...
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Maliaq Kairaiuak ...
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An animal-loving volunteer and a small-town news reporter are joined by a native Alaskan boy to rally an entire community - and eventually rival world superpowers - to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Written by Universal Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Everybody Loves Whales  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,760,205 (USA) (3 February 2012)


$20,113,965 (USA) (30 March 2012)

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Did You Know?


The sportscaster shown at the end of the archived news clip is Sarah Palin, before she became the Governor of Alaska and Vice President nominee around two decades after the events depicted in the movie. See more »


Ice does not form vertical underwater walls. Ice floats. See more »


Adam Carlson: I think Barrow might have one great story left in her.
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During the credits, on the left side are scenes from the movie characters and on the right side, archive footage of the real people. See more »


References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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Well Executed Story For Both Adults and Kids
4 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, there were simplistic clichés, but for a PG-rated movie and the confines therein, Big Miracle is about as good as it can get. The Inupiat people, the reporters, the extraction industry - all sides were treated with a degree of nuance. The take-away message was really important too - that you can accomplish things with people you don't agree with or even like. And we really enjoyed the efforts made to set the film properly in its late 80s period.

I disagree with the other reviews that found the special effects lacking. I don't think they detracted from the story, which in the end was quite compelling.

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