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The Cove (2009)

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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

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Louie Psihoyos

Writer:

Mark Monroe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard O'Barry ... Himself (as Ric O'Barry)
Louie Psihoyos ... Himself
Hardy Jones Hardy Jones ... Himself
Michael Illiff Michael Illiff ... Himself
Joji Morishita Joji Morishita ... Himself
Ian Campbell Ian Campbell ... Himself
Paul Watson ... Himself (as Captain Paul Watson)
Doug DeMaster Doug DeMaster ... Himself
Dave Rastovich Dave Rastovich ... Himself / Surfer
Charles Hambleton ... Himself
Hayato Sakurai Hayato Sakurai ... Himself
Kazutaka Sangen Kazutaka Sangen ... Himself
Simon Hutchins Simon Hutchins ... Himself
Joe Chisholm Joe Chisholm ... Himself
Mandy-Rae Cruikshank Mandy-Rae Cruikshank ... Herself / Freediver
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Storyline

Richard O'Barry was the man who captured and trained the dolphins for the television show Flipper (1964). O'Barry's view of cetaceans in captivity changed from that experience when as the last straw he saw that one of the dolphins playing Flipper - her name being Kathy - basically committed suicide in his arms because of the stress of being in captivity. Since that time, he has become one of the leading advocates against cetaceans in captivity and for the preservation of cetaceans in the wild. O'Barry and filmmaker 'Louie Psihoyos (I)' go about trying to expose one of what they see as the most cruel acts against wild dolphins in the world in Taiji, Japan, where dolphins are routinely corralled, either to be sold alive to aquariums and marine parks, or slaughtered for meat. The primary secluded cove where this activity is taking place is heavily guarded. O'Barry and Psihoyos are well known as enemies by the authorities in Taiji, the authorities who will use whatever tactic to expel the... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Shallow Water. Deep Secret.

Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rising See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,640, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$869,730

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,516,214
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

People Concerned for the Ocean, a local Taiji activist group, distributed DVDs in March of 2011 of the film, dubbed in Japanese, to all 3,500 residents of Taiji. See more »

Quotes

John Potter: As a scientist, I'm trained to recognize intelligence through objective measures... tool use, cognitive processes, and so on. As a human being, when I see a dolphin looking at me and his eyes tracking me and I lock eyes with that animal, there's a human response that makes it undeniable that I'm connecting with an intelligent being.
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After the end credits there is a humorous scene involving the team's Whale Blimp and local police. See more »


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Magic
Written by J. Ralph
Performed by The Rumor Mill
Published by Tubby & The Spaniard Music Publishing
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Excellent drama, too bad it's real!
6 December 2009 | by karolinnuSee all my reviews

I believe it is a disgrace for culture as Japan's to slaughter dolphins.

There are many voices here, that claim that we should make another documentary's on cows, pigs etc. Of course, you are more than welcome to do that. That's the freedom of speech and opinion.

I believe this movie shapes our awareness on what goes on in the world. And of course, there are many more terrifying things that happen everywhere every day, but we should not use that fact as a justification for not taking any action.

We came to this world to leave it as a better place. I don't have much money, but I can sign the petition against dolphins' slaughter and hope that my voice can make a difference.

The movie is very interesting and strong. It's powerful.


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