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Free Willy ()


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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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Jesse
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Rae Lindley
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Annie Greenwood
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Randolph Johnson
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Glen Greenwood
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Dial
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Wade
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Dwight Mercer
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Perry
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Gwenie
Isaiah Malone ...
Vector
Betsy Toll ...
Passerby #1
Rob Sample ...
Passerby #2
Merrilyn Jones ...
Passerby #3
Mickey Gaines ...
Waiter
Justin R. Hall ...
Fish Thrower
Robert M. Duque ...
Fish Thrower
Sam Samson ...
Fish Thrower
Willis Van Dusen ...
Willis Van Dusen
Tom Lasswell ...
Brody
Moultrie Patten ...
Homeless Man
Ed Murphy ...
Homeless Man
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Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simos Kalivas ...
Amusement Park Attendant (uncredited)
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Willy (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Kyle Pittman ...
Kid (uncredited)

Directed by

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Simon Wincer

Written by

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Keith Walker ... (story) (as Keith A. Walker)
 
Keith Walker ... (screenplay) (as Keith A. Walker) and
Corey Blechman ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Richard Donner ... executive producer
Penelope L. Foster ... co-producer
Jennie Lew Tugend ... producer
Mark Marshall ... associate producer
Douglas C. Merrifield ... associate producer
Arnon Milchan ... executive producer
Lauren Shuler Donner ... producer (as Lauren Shuler-Donner)
Richard Solomon ... co-producer
Jim Van Wyck ... co-producer

Music by

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Basil Poledouris

Cinematography by

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Robbie Greenberg ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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O. Nicholas Brown

Editorial Department

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Brett Carroll ... assistant editor
Bryan H. Carroll ... assistant editor
Robert W. Hedland ... first assistant editor
David Orr ... color timer

Casting By

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Lynda Gordon
Judy Taylor

Production Design by

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Charles Rosen

Art Direction by

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Diane Yates

Costume Design by

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April Ferry

Makeup Department

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Whitney James ... key makeup artist
Cheri Ruff ... hair stylist
Pamela S. Westmore ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Héctor López ... unit production manager
Charles Skouras III ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mark Cotone ... second assistant director
Lisa C. Satriano ... second second assistant director
Alisa Statman ... second second assistant director
Jim Van Wyck ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Christopher Amy ... first assistant property master
Charles A. Carlsen ... propmaker
Hugh Conlon ... construction general foreman
Bruce J. Gfeller ... construction coordinator
Mark Knapton ... foreman
Sherman Labby ... production illustrator
René Marquéz ... assistant property master
Erik L. Nelson ... property master
Michael Ruby ... painter / signwriter
David Russell ... storyboard artist
Sean Skelding ... set dressing
Daniel Turk ... foreman
Taylor Yingling ... carpenter
Ken Erck ... paint foreman (uncredited)
Benjamin Hayden ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Tim Chau ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Jeff Clark ... sound editor
Albert Gasser ... sound effects editor
Jim Hilton ... sound mixer
William Jacobs ... sound editor
Nils C. Jensen ... sound editor
Billy King ... boom operator
Mary Jo Lang ... foley mixer
John Roesch ... foley artist
Greg P. Russell ... re-recording mixer
Charles Ewing Smith ... sound editor
John Soukup ... sound transfer recordist
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
Peter Tomaszewicz ... sound editor
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Bernard Weiser ... sound effects editor
David Behle ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jack Keller ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Mitchell Barham ... animatronic whales: Mechanical Design
Ty Boyce ... animatronic whales / electrical/hydraulic designer
Walt Conti ... effects supervisor: Whale
Pieter Folkens ... killer whale designer/sculptor
Gregory L. Richards ... special effects crew
Thomas R. Ward ... special effects (as Tom Ward)

Visual Effects by

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Tim Donahue ... matte painter
Paul Lewis ... digital effects artist
Rick Rische ... matte painter
David Stump ... effects director of photography
John C. Wash ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Jake Lombard ... stunt performer
Dan Plum ... stunt performer
Dennis Scott ... stunt coordinator
Eric Sugden ... stunt performer
Debi Derryberry ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Matthew E. Alper ... first assistant camera (as Matthew Alper)
Ron Batzdorff ... still photographer
R. Michael De Chellis ... rigging gaffer
Scott Fieldsteel ... best boy
Daniel C. Gold ... first assistant camera
Lisa Guerriero ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Conrad W. Hall ... camera operator
Wes Houle ... set electrician
Sunny Johnson ... grip
Robin Alan Knight ... key grip (as Robin Knight)
Kyle T. MacDowell ... electrician
John T. Martin ... grip
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator
David L. Merrill ... dolly grip
Jim Plannette ... gaffer (as James Plannette)
Cynthia Pusheck ... assistant camera
Dennis Smith ... Steadicam operator
Daryl Steinkopf ... grip
Bob Talbot ... cinematographer: wildlife
Neil Toussaint ... second assistant camera
Karl Linde ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Megann Ratzow ... casting: Portland (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Alexandria Forster ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Mike Fantasia ... location manager

Music Department

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Joan Beal ... singer
Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe and English horn
Tim Boyle ... score mixer
Norman Ludwin ... musician (bass)
Greig McRitchie ... orchestrator
Thomas Milano ... music editor
Maria Newman ... musician
Basil Poledouris ... conductor
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn
Paul Wertheimer ... score recordist
Greig McRitchie ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Arturo Curiel ... transportation captain
Ricardo Díaz Avilés ... driver (as Ricardo Díaz)
Enrique Díaz ... driver
Jack Sander ... driver
Alfonso Paredes ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Nina Axelrod ... talent searcher
Matthew J. Birch ... assistant: Ms. Shuler-Donner
Tawny Duel ... assistant production office coordinator
Laura Gary ... studio teacher
Gary Gillingham ... production accountant
Elsa Hermoso ... production accountant: mexico
Stacy Layne Kramer ... assistant accountant
Cathy Lawrence ... assistant: Simon Wincer
Jonas C. Matz ... set medic
Kevin McDermott ... acting coach
Stacie O'Beirne ... production insurance services
Jason Roberts ... assistant: Richard Donner
Michael Singer ... unit publicist
P.R. Tooke ... script supervisor
Christa Vausbinder ... production associate
Netta Bank ... representative: American Humane Association (uncredited)
Tom Benedek ... script revisions (uncredited)
Bill Daly ... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Sauvez Willy (France)
  • Free Willy - Ruf der Freiheit (Germany)
  • ¡Liberad a Willy! (Spain)
  • Rädda Willy (Sweden)
  • Salvati-l pe Willy I (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,868,829, 18 Jul 1993
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $153,698,625

Did You Know?

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Trivia After the release of the film, millions of moviegoers called the number shown at the end of the movie where $20 million was donated for the Save the Whales Foundation. See more »
Goofs When Rae and Jesse were in sorting fish to give to Willy, Rae says that they give Willy the good fish and not the "bad fish" (fish that were cut up and had no head). However, Jesse is seen putting some "bad fish" in the good fish pile. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Michael Jackson: Will You Be There (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Will You Be There See more »
Quotes Rae: You like whales?
Jesse: I like him.
Rae: Well, he doesn't like anybody, so stay away from him. You see, Willy's a case. A very special case.
Jesse: So? Who isn't?
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