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Blackfish -- Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top animal trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.

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Writers:
Gabriela Cowperthwaite (written by) &
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Release Date:
18 October 2013 (Iceland) See more »
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Tagline:
Never capture what you can't control.
Plot:
Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A must-see! See more (90 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tilikum ... Himself (archive footage)
John Hargrove ... Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Samantha Berg ... Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Mark Simmons ... Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer

Kim Ashdown ... Herself
Dean Gomersall ... Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer

James Earl Jones ... 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 (also archive footage)
Dave Duffus ... Himself - OSHA Expert Witness, Whale Researcher
Jim Payne ... Himself (archive footage)
Martha Sugalski ... Herself (archive footage)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself (archive footage)
David Kirby ... Himself (archive footage)

Anderson Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
John Crowe ... Himself - Diver
Howard Garrett ... Himself - Orca Researcher
Eric Walters ... Himself - Former Trainer, Sealand
Ken Balcomb ... Himself - Director, Center for Whale Research
Steve Huxter ... Himself - Former Director, Sealand
Christopher Porter ... Himself - Former Trainer, Sealand
Kelty Burn ... Herself (archive footage)
Corinne Cowell ... Herself
Nadien Kallen ... Herself
Lori Marino ... Herself - Neuroscientist
Kelly Clark ... Herself - SeaWorld Head Trainer (archive footage)
John Black ... Himself - OSHA Attorney (archive sound)
Ken Welsch ... Himself - Jusge (archive sound)
Katina ... Herself (archive footage)
Kalina ... Herself (archive footage)
Kasatka ... Herself (archive footage)
Takara ... Herself
Kandu ... Herself (archive footage)
Corky ... Herself (archive footage)
John Sillick ... Himself - SeaWorld Trainer (archive footage)
Tamarie Tollison ... Herself (archive footage)
Orkid ... Herself (archive footage)
Splash ... Herself (archive footage)
Robin Sheets ... Himself (archive footage)

Meredith Vieira ... Herself (archive footage)
Ken Peters ... Himself - SeaWorld Trainer (archive footage)
Daniel Patrick Dukes ... Himself (archive footage) (as Daniel P. Dukes)
Estefania Rodriguez ... Herself
Alexis Martinez ... Himself - Loro Parque Trainer (archive footage)
Suzanne Allee ... Herself - Former Video Supervisor, Loro Parque
Mercedes Martinez ... Herself - Alexis' Mother
Valerie Dratch ... Herself - Witness (archive footage)
Jim Solomons ... Himself - Spokesman, Orange County Sheriff's Office (archive footage)
Thad Lacinak ... Himself - Former SeaWorld Executive (archive footage)
Dave McDaniel ... Himself - Reporter (archive footage)
Chuck Tompkins ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeff Andrews ... Himself - SeaWorld Expert Witness (archive footage)
Diane Brancheau ... Herself - Dawn Brancheau's Sister

Directed by
Gabriela Cowperthwaite 
 
Writing credits
Gabriela Cowperthwaite (written by) &
Eli B. Despres (written by) (as Eli Despres)

Tim Zimmermann (co-writer)

Produced by
Judy Bart .... executive producer
Rick Brookwell .... executive producer
Gabriela Cowperthwaite .... producer
Erica Kahn .... executive producer
Manuel Oteyza .... line producer: UPM (as Manuel V. Oteyza)
Manuel Oteyza .... producer (as Manuel V. Oteyza)
Tim Zimmermann .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Beal 
 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Ingalls 
Chris Towey  (as Christopher Towey)
 
Film Editing by
Eli B. Despres  (as Eli Despres)
Gabriela Cowperthwaite (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David A. Davidson .... post-production supervisor
Sim T. Davidson .... post-production producer
 
Art Department
Syd Garon .... graphics
 
Sound Department
Shawn Coffman .... additional sound recordist
Jonathan Ingalls .... additional sound recordist
Henry Moyerman .... assistant sound editor
Craig Plachy .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Stone .... location sound
Vince Tennant .... sound supervisor
John Warrin .... sound effects editor (as John Warren)
C.J. Carpenter .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
John Warrin .... sound designer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Angela Bernardoni .... additional camera: San Juan Island
Redd Claiborne .... additional camera: Atlanta
Sara Hoff .... additional camera: Orlando
Zoe Morrison .... still photographer
Xavier Ramirez .... archive footage
 
Animation Department
Gary Breslin .... animation creative director: ODD-NY
Tim Case .... animation executive producer: ODD-NY
Charles V. Salice .... animation executive producer: ODD-NY
Matthew Turke .... animation head of production: ODD-NY
 
Editorial Department
Elisa Bonora .... additional editing
David A. Davidson .... colorist
David A. Davidson .... on-line editor
Andrew Jewell .... assistant on-line editor
Matthaeus Szumanski .... assistant editor
Yasu Tsuji .... assistant on-line editor
Chad Wilson .... assistant on-line editor
 
Music Department
Alisha Bauer .... musician: cello
Jeff Beal .... conductor
Jeff Beal .... music producer
Jeff Beal .... musician: bass
Jeff Beal .... musician: piano, trumpet
Chris Bleth .... musician: woodwinds (as Chris Bieth)
Briana Brandy .... musician: viola
Jennifer Choi-Fisher .... musician: violin
Samuel Fischer .... musician: violin (as Sam Fischer)
Larry Greenfield .... musician: violin
Thomas Harte .... musician: bass (as Tom Harte)
Cheryl Kim .... musician: violin
Songa Lee .... musician: violin
Jason Lippman .... musician: cello
David Low .... musician: cello
Luke Maurer .... musician: viola
David Mergen .... musician: cello
Neli Nikolaeva .... musician: violin
Grace Oh .... musician: violin
Aaron Oltman .... musician: viola
Jeff Richman .... musician: guitar
Mark Robertson .... musician: violin
Rodney Wirtz .... musician: viola
David Low .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Mark Robertson .... concertmaster (uncredited)
Christopher Ward .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dan Braun .... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainment
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainment
Lisa Callif .... clearance counsel
Shawn Coffman .... production assistant
Syd Garon .... title designer
John Martin .... legal counsel
Luis Romero .... poster/web designer
Christine Towey .... production assistant
Jordan Waltz .... researcher/archivalist
 
Thanks
Deborah Frogameni .... special thanks
Colleen Gorman .... special thanks
Robert Messinger .... special thanks
Lara Pozzatto .... special thanks
Nancy Slokker .... special thanks
Jan Van Twillert .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images
Runtime:
83 min
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Quotes:
John Hargrove:Those are not your whales. Ya know, you love them, and you think, I'm the one that touches them, feeds them, keeps them alive, gives them the care that they need. They're NOT your whales. They own them!See more »
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44 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A must-see!, 30 July 2013
Author: Erika_Benites from US

This is a thought-provoking documentary on Tilikum, an Orca that has been at Sea World since 1983 and who is responsible for the death of 3 people (2 of his trainers, and 1 man who snuck into his tank). This is a film about the horrors that these animals go through being kept in captivity for our pleasure and the latest film to showcase how horrible Sea World can be for the very animals it claims to protect, oh the irony.

If you thought watching 'The Cove' was difficult, I suggest you take tissues if you plan on seeing this. 2 days later and I still can't stop thinking about this movie or get rid of some of the images and sounds shown.

I highly recommend this doc. Go see it with an open mind, I guarantee that you will never see captivity the same way again.

"If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don't you think you'd get a little psychotic?!"

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