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Namu, the Killer Whale (1966)

Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether star in this warm and compelling family drama about a compassionate scientist who forms an unlikely friendship with a magnificent killer whale. In HD.

Director:

Laslo Benedek

Writer:

Arthur Weiss
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Lansing ... Hank Donner
John Anderson ... Joe Clausen
Robin Mattson ... Lisa Rand
Richard Erdman ... Deke
Lee Meriwether ... Kate Rand
Joe Higgins ... Burt
Michael Shea Michael Shea ... Nick
Clara Tarte Clara Tarte ... Carrie
Edwin Rochelle ... Charlie
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Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether star in this warm and compelling family drama about a compassionate scientist who forms an unlikely friendship with a magnificent killer whale. In HD.

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Rated PG for mild peril | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Stock music by Robert Van Eps and Dominic Frontiere was integrated into Samuel Matlovsky's original score for "Namu". Van Eps' music was composed for "The Outer Limits" TV segment entitled "Tourist Attraction", which was directed by Namu's László Benedek. The ominous-sounding cues were used for the amphibious fish-monsters, the Ichthyosaurs. See more »

Goofs

When Lisa runs to her mother coming out of her store, Kate already has her custom fitted wet suit top on underneath her sweater. After arriving at the cove, Kate runs to the trailer to change, and as a seemingly afterthought, grabs a pair of wet suit bottoms to change in to. When Kate runs down to the dock she's wearing her custom top, form fitting bottoms and neoprene booties, all of which fit perfectly, yet none of this would fit either of the two men stationed there (Hank or Deke). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The A-Team: Incident at Crystal Lake (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Namu the Killer Whale (Live and Let Live)
Written by Tom Glazer
Sung by Tom Glazer
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More Like A Friend.
19 November 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Robert Lansing plays marine biologist Hank Donner, who befriends an Orca who won't leave his cove after some fishermen shot and killed its mate. Named Namu, the whale proves himself to be intelligent and playful after Hank, and a local woman and her daughter(played by Lee Meriwether and Robin Mattson) gain its trust. Those same fishermen are determined to get Namu out of the cove, by any means they can... Fine film is suitable for the whole family, being quite warm and respectful toward nature. Despite being subtitled "The Killer Whale", DVD is subtitled "My Best Friend", which is certainly nicer! Compare this with later film "Orca"(1977) to see what I mean...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1966 (USA) See more »

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Namu, My Best Friend See more »

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Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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