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Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)

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16-year-old Jesse and old friend Randolph try to foil an illegal whaler threatening Willy and his pregnant mate.

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Sam Pillsbury

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Keith Walker (characters) (as Keith A. Walker), John Mattson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jason James Richter ... Jesse
August Schellenberg ... Randolph Johnson
Annie Corley ... Drew Halbert
Vincent Berry Vincent Berry ... Max Wesley
Patrick Kilpatrick ... John Wesley
Tasha Simms ... Mary Wesley
Peter LaCroix ... Sanderson (as Peter Lacroix)
Stephen E. Miller ... Dineen
Ian Tracey ... Kron
Matthew Walker ... Captain Drake
Roger Cross ... 1st Mate Stevens (as Roger R. Cross)
Rick Burgess Rick Burgess ... Smiley
Roman Danylo ... Pizza Kid
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Storyline

Willy the whale is back, this time threatened by illegal whalers making money off sushi. Jesse, now 16 years old, has taken a job on an orca-researching ship, along with old friend Randolph and a sarcastic scientist, Drew. On the whaler's ship is captain John Wesley and his 10-year-old son, Max, who isn't really pleased about his father's job, but doesn't have the gut to say so. Along the way, Willy reunites with Jesse, who helps Max realize that whales are a little more than just cheese burgers. Written by Bryan Chiu

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A new friend. A new threat. A new adventure that will capture your heart.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements involving whale hunting, and for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Befri Willy 3 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$992,651, 10 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,519,178, 21 September 1997
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD subtitles refer to Glen as Ben. See more »

Goofs

The name of the foster father changed from Glenn (Free Willy and Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home) to Ben in this sequel. See more »

Quotes

Whaler: So what're you gonna be when you grow up?
Max: Your boss.
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Not bad as far as sequels go
17 August 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I am going to start off by saying I really like the first two Free Willy movies. I would hardly call them the best movies ever, but they are very nice movies and I think underrated. This sequel is a worthy one. While there is a predictable story, some weak spots in the script and a lacklustre ending Free Willy 3:The Rescue is a nice and worthy sequel, that could have been so much worse.

Flaws aside, Free Willy 3 does have some stunning cinematography, and I loved the scene when Randolph throws the oranges in the water. I also loved the scenes between Nikki and Willy, and the one when Nikki gives birth which was brilliantly done. The score is absolutely beautiful, the pacing is brisk and the direction is amiable. And the characters are appealing especially Willy and Nikki, while Jesse and Max are great characters and the father is a sympathetic figure even for the villain of the piece, except I don't see him as a proper villain, just someone who means well but doesn't know exactly what he wants. The acting is good too, Jason James Richter and Vincent Berry are very likable, August Schellenberg makes a welcome return as Randolph and Patrick Kalpatrick does a great job with his character.

All in all, a pleasant family film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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