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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.

Director:

Sam Pillsbury

Writers:

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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Trivia

The characters Wesley, Dineen, Kron, and Sanderson are named after Hartford Whalers players Glen Wesley, Kevin Dineen, Robert Kron, and Geoff Sanderson. 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

Jesse: I'm not a whaler.
Max: So?
Jesse: I'm sort of the opposite.
Max: A whale?
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Connections

Followed by Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010) See more »

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Ignore the low rating
25 October 2009 | by EJ LorgeSee all my reviews

This was a VERY entertaining family film. I had not seen either previous Willy flics, yet I was into it from beginning to end (along with my 4 year old daughter).

So why the low rating?

My hunch is people judge family films by adult criteria. Which is totally absurd, since we all know children's movies today are far superior than 95% of the so called, adult films coming out (which ironically enough, seem made for audiences with a teenager's intelligence).

In short: ignore the low rating.


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