Fishermen separate a young orca whale (Willy) from his parents and he ends up in a fish bowl at a marina. Meanwhile, a street kid runs afoul of the law and gets caught vandalising the marina, but his social worker gets him off the hook (so to speak) provided he cleans up his mess at the marina. While there, he befriends the whale and teaches him tricks, something the trainer hasn't been able to do. But when Willy is a dud in front of the audience, the marina owner plans some bad things, and the boy and his friends must try to (*** MAJOR SPOILERS ***) free Willy.Written by
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The first six weeks of production took place in Mexico before moving to the Pacific Northwest for the remainder of filming. See more »
When Jesse and the other street kids find out they haven't gathered enough money to buy food, Perry says "Shoot, I'm hungry!" But his lips mouth "shit" instead of "shoot". See more »
Come on, Willy! Come on, boy! Follow me to the breakwater! Hurry! Go, Willy, go! Get away from those boats. They're dangerous! Swim! Come on! Come to me, Willy! Get away from those net! Over here, boy! Hurry! Over here! Hurry, Willy! Hurry! Come here, boy. Come on!
[Jesse then places his hand in the water]
[Willy comes up to Jesse]
[puts hand in the water again]
Come here, boy. Come here.
I'll miss you.
[Willy squeals again]
Don't forget me, okay? I ...
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The end credits contained a lot of orca footage. See more »
The first Warner Bros. Family Entertainment fanfare featuring Bugs Bunny spinning the banner appears exclusively in the VHS and 1990's HBO airing. See more »
How Can You Leave Me Now
Written by Paul Frazier
Performed by Funky Poets
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Whale-shaped place in my heart
5.2 is shameful. I loved this movie. It has all of the elements of a great film; compelling characters, plot, and an end lesson. I think that most family movies these days lack a lot of moral posturing that made films like this one so memorable. I know that I wanted to "Save the Whales" after I saw this movie. Heck, I wanted to be a whale. I don't care how many stars it got, this movie is a childhood treasure for me and I think of it every time I hear the Michael Jackson song, "Will You Be There?" I wish that my younger siblings remembered this movie or the amount of joy it brought us slightly older kids in my family. The sequel certainly left something to be desired, but not the original. Yep, it will hold a special whale-shaped place in my heart.
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