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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.


Sam Pillsbury


Keith Walker (characters) (as Keith A. Walker), John Mattson
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Did You Know?


The only Free Willy film not to feature an original song by Michael Jackson during his lifetime. See more »


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 »


Captain Drake: [Realizing the boat is not there] Stevens, where did you put the boat?
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Followed by Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010) See more »


Pressin On
Written by Rick Estrin
Performed by Little Charlie & The Nightcats (as Little Charlie and The Nightcats)
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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User Reviews

This formula is old and mouldy.
7 February 1999 | by chris-397See all my reviews

We who rule the pit of Sidcup are not amused. They should have learned, but no. I tried to warn them. I even sent twenty armed henchmen to chop their arms and legs off, but no. Jason James Richter, besides having a stupid name, is too old for this thing! Send him to the graveyard with Macaulay Culkin. If they bring out a fourth, I will personally rain fire and brimstone on all those responsible. At least they ditched Francis Capra. Perhaps they should try 'FREE BIDDY', where there's an old woman swimming about, and they chuck fish at her, or feed the latest annoying little kid to her. It would sell a lot more! So now I must take my ship to sea, and personally slaughter as many whales as possible. Why don't you come and get me, suckers?

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Release Date:

8 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Willy 3: The Rescue See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$992,651, 10 August 1997

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1.85 : 1
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