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When the Whales Came (1989)

PG | | Drama | 20 October 1989 (USA)
A pair of children befriend an accentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and ... See full summary »

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Clive Rees

Writers:

Michael Morpurgo (novel), Michael Morpurgo (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Scofield ... The Birdman
David Threlfall ... Jack Jenkins
Helen Mirren ... Clemmie Jenkins
Helen Pearce Helen Pearce ... Gracie Jenkins
Max Rennie Max Rennie ... Daniel Pender
Jeremy Kemp ... Mr. Wellbeloved
John Hallam ... Treve Pender
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ... Mary Pender
Dexter Fletcher ... Big Tim
Nicholas Jones ... Vicar
Joanna Bartholemew Joanna Bartholemew ... Miss Tregarthen
Barbara Jefford ... Auntie Mildred
Irene Wilson Irene Wilson ... Molly Woodcock
Fergus Rees Fergus Rees ... The Birdman as a Boy
Kerra Spowart Kerra Spowart ... Margaret Pender
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A pair of children befriend an accentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the narwhales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life hard in the village. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando vuelvan las ballenas See more »

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a realistic drama of life in the Scilly Islands
29 March 2001 | by rikspectorSee all my reviews

Beautiful cinematography and realistic acting combined and held me rapt throughout this drama of life in Britain's Scilly Islands.

Many well known actors combined their talents to portray the story of a boy, a girl and old man. Their love of life and determined effort to save a stranded Narwhale.

David Suchet portrayed Will, a friend of all.It took me a few minutes to realise I was watching "Hercule Poirot". What a talented actor.

Don't miss this one, if only to see a travelogue of this gem in Britains crown.

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