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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.


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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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild peril | See all certifications »






Release Date:

1 August 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Namu, My Best Friend See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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


The Ballad of Namu the Killer Whale (Live and Let Live)
Written by Tom Glazer
Sung by Tom Glazer
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Memorable, touching film
6 June 2010 | by modern_fredSee all my reviews

Ivan Tors produced many films and TV shows that nudged the audience to treat other species with respect and wonder. This was a novel film in its time that introduced audiences to the "Killer Whale" as a potential friend rather than threat. Based on a true story and very well made (lots of great location photography). The cast is low-key and everything is handled in a convincing manner. This was typical of the Tors approach. It's well-done material- not overly sentimental, with a respect for science and a plea to evolve as a species. It's the sort of movie that one doesn't see these days in a sea of CGI fantasy and family films that are merely bad comedy. Seeing this as a kid it made a lasting impression.

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