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Free Willy (1993)

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When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jesse
... Rae Lindley
... Annie Greenwood
... Randolph Johnson
... Glen Greenwood
... Dial
... Wade
... Dwight Mercer
... Perry
... Gwenie
Isaiah Malone ... Vector
Betsy Toll ... Passerby #1
Rob Sample ... Passerby #2
Merrilyn Jones ... Passerby #3
Mickey Gaines ... Waiter
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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 Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A 12 year old street kid. A 3 ton orca whale. A friendship you could never imagine. An adventure you'll never forget. See more »


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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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16 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liberen a Willy  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,868,829, 18 July 1993

Gross USA:

$77,698,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,698,625
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2.39 : 1
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When the film was broadcast with a Mexican dub in the United States, it was titled "Libren a Willy," which is grammatically incorrect. The correct Spanish title would have been "Liberen a Willy," or "Liberad a Willy" which is the title used in Spain. See more »

Goofs

When Willy is jumping over the stone wall at the end of the movie, the bottom of the actual whale does not match the pattern of the CGI whale that lands the jump. See more »

Quotes

Rae: [Anxious about Willy's clearing the rocks in the marina] You ever see him jump that high?
Randolph: Things can happen.
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Didn't Mean to Hurt You
Written by Taj Jackson, Taryll Jackson, and T.J. Jackson
Performed by 3T
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Glorious Motion Picture; exciting, thrilling, and safe for the entire family!
3 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely adore Free Willy. It ranks well above any movie about whales or dolphins, even Flipper. Free Willy provides an exciting story about a troubled boy who befriends an orca whose situation is much like his own. And of course, we all love the star of the show, Keiko! Keiko had a life filled with traveling from one theme park to the other, and in a lot of ways he experienced much more that Willy did. Keiko played the part of the whale terrifically! James did a great job too acting as Jesse, and gave the perfect image of a young boy who has lived on the streets. Some people call it the best friendship movie since ET. This movie rocks over ET!, and shows us the true meaning of friendship. We all should learn that caring for another person or animal goes a long way.


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