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Blackfish (2013)

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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
...
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)
Jeffrey Ventre ...
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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Release Date:

18 October 2013 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

Blackfish - Egy kardszárnyú delfin története  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,063,312 (USA) (11 October 2013)
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After the release of Blackfish SeaWorld reported a wider loss in its fourth quarter of $25.4 million as attendance to its theme parks continued to fall. 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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Referenced in Danville 2nd Ward Young Men: Santa Cruz 2014 (2014) See more »

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So excited to stumble on this promo
4 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am so happy the cruelty behind captive whales is being exposed. I was so excited to see this promo on IMDb. Seeing the 20 seconds of the whales being taken from the ocean and then where they kept them after made me want to cry. I doubt I'll be able to watch the movie without crying. What Sea World and other theme parks like them are doing is wrong and cruel and I'm so glad more people are going to see this. Every parent who takes their kid to Sea World should be required to watch this first. I went to Sea World twice for school functions in high school and I didn't think anything of it. When I look back on it, I am mad that I was put in the position to have to go. I hope this film also changes schools views on field trips (or band trips or drill team trips) to Sea World. I have been fighting and protesting Sea World (and the circus)for years now. The more people who know about what really happens the better for these poor animals. THANK YOU to the person who made this documentary.


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