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The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Crime | 7 August 2009 (USA)
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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.

Director:

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

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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

Hardy Jones: Every cetacean known to man is endangered just by going anywhere near Japan.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits there is a humorous scene involving the team's Whale Blimp and local police. See more »


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Written by David Bowie & Brian Eno
Performed by David Bowie
Published by Tintoretto Music (BMI)
Administered by RZO Music, Inc.
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Important movie, powerful and beautifully shot
23 August 2009 | by iris-izumiSee all my reviews

This is an important movie, not only because of the content matter, but also because it demonstrates the capacity for people to care with such passion and conviction. The movie is cleverly presented, taking you on an emotional and eye-opening journey, and building to a powerful climax.

I personally found the movie to be moving and beautiful, and by far one of the most exciting and powerful documentaries I have ever seen. I am hugely impressed by the film makers ability to translate their experiences and passion into a very well made movie, and hope they inspire others to do the same.


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