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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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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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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

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3 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Everybody Loves Whales  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,760,205 (USA) (5 February 2012)

Gross:

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

In this film, the three gray whales are named after characters from The Flintstones (1960). Their names were Bonnet, Crossbeak, and Bone in real life. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Adam Carlson: I think Barrow might have one great story left in her.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, when the Working Title logo appears, we hear the songs of the whales. See more »

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Referenced in Big Miracle: A True Romance (2012) 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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