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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 ...
Ishmael Angalook Hope ...
Othniel 'Anaqulutuq' Oomittuk Jr. ...
Thomas R. Daly ...
Maliaq Kairaiuak ...
Jeffrey Evan ...
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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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2.35 : 1
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Much of the footage for the film was shot in and around Anchorage, Alaska. The ice scenes were filmed at Beluga Point south of Anchorage, and several scenes which in the film took place in California were actually shot on location in the Turnagain neighborhood in west Anchorage: plants native to Southern California were used to dress the houses in those scenes. Real Alaska National Guardsmen were used to play the Guardsmen in the film. See more »


Throughout the film, nobody's breath appears when they are outdoors, especially given the frigid temperatures that they were reporting. See more »


Jill Jerard: [Doing a news report on the ice] Cut! God, my feet are numb. These boots are useless.
Jill Jerard: [motions to Nathan]
Jill Jerard: Hey kid, you still got that cardboard?
Nathan: I sold it to the other guy. But I can still get more! It's forty now, though.
Jill Jerard: Forty dollars?
Nathan: Shipping and handling.
Jill Jerard: ...Shipping and handling?
Nathan: [smirks] It's not my first rodeo, either.
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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 »


Referenced in Big Miracle: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction (2012) See more »

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Big Miracle is a Big Surprise
16 July 2012 | by (Santa Fe, NM) – See all my reviews

I watched this film on a whim. Wow, I was really surprised, it was GOOD! In addition to being thoroughly entertained and moved, it was very moving to know that the film is based on a true story.

I don't know how they rendered the whales (CGI, mechanical, etc.), but they were extremely life-like. It was also interesting to see how many different cultures interacted -- political realms, the media, the local Inuit community, the oil industry, environmentalists. The script was terrific, and be sure to stay tuned for the end credits, where the actors are shown alongside the real-life players in this drama.

It should be noted that Kristin Bell was excellent in the film, along with the rest of the cast. She appears pretty far down in the credits, and I'm not sure why, as she had a fairly prominent role.

Watch this one, you won't regret it!

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