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Blackfish (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary  |  18 October 2013 (Iceland)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilikum ...
Himself (archive footage)
John Hargrove ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Samantha Berg ...
Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Mark Simmons ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
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Herself
Dean Gomersall ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
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Himself (archive footage)
Shamu ...
Himself (archive footage)
Carol Ray ...
Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
John Jett ...
Himself - Fomer SeaWorld Trainer
Dawn Brancheau ...
Herself - SeaWorld Trainer (archive footage)
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Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Thomas Tobin ...
Himself
Dave Duffus ...
Himself - OSHA Expert Witness, Whale Researcher
Jim Payne ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. Written by Anonymous

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Never capture what you can't control.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images | See all certifications »

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Blackfish - Egy kardszárnyú delfin története  »

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Opening Weekend:

$75,962 (USA) (19 July 2013)

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$2,063,312 (USA) (11 October 2013)
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Jurassic World director Colin Treverrow told Empire Magazine that Blackfish was a big influence on the movie. The behaviour of the captive Indominus Rex, was based on Tilikum's behaviour in captivity. See more »

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Himself - Former Trainer, Sealand: When you know the animal and have a relationship with it. You know, that he's not killing, because he's a savage. He's not killing, because he's crazy or because he doesn't know what he's doing. He's killing, because he's frustrated and has aggrevation. And when he's... He has no outlet for it.
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On how humans should (and should not) encounter orca whales
28 July 2013 | by (Nantes, France) – See all my reviews

First, that's a great documentary: it beautifully combines Herzog's "Grizzly Man" thrilling, escalating tension of how things go wrong when humans misinterpret their relation with nature with Achbar & Abbott's "The Corporation" sharp examination of modern-day companies.

Second, it is aesthetically captivating and pleasant to follow. Cowperthwaite's reconstructs the narrative leading to the final, and fatal, encounter of Tilikum and Dawn Brancheau, alternating footage, both in the wild and in aquariums, with interviews and contextual data.

Finally, it is a work that, without ever abandoning neutrality, serves a mostly noble cause: that against the confinement of animals that are intelligent, social, and set to crisscross oceans, not to be kept in tanks.

My hope is that, by being such a fine piece of art, it also helps change the industry of marine-life entertainment theme parks.

So "Blackfish" is a big splash in more than one way! Go watch it.


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