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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
Won 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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.

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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

Gross USA:

$857,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,162,422
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Flipper
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Provoking and shocking documentary about activists againt the cruel massacre of dolphin in Japan
6 June 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Gorgeous , thrilling and pulse-pounding documentary with strong ecological denounce against Dolphin slaughter , fish food full of mercury due to its high concentration that results to be a serious threat to human health , the Japanese government's methodical buying off of poorer third world nations for their support of Japan's whaling industry and others thorny issues . A great documentary that Won 1 Oscar and another 38 wins & 17 nominations . In Taiji, a location with 3,500 residents. Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret : the capture and slaughter of dolphins . And at a hidden , glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and "Keep Out" signs, lies a terrifying and dark reality . Man is their bigger threat when being underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat and at the same time Man is their only hope .

This thought-provoking film is itself a act of heroism , well produced by actor Fisher Stevens , it stars Richard O'Barry who gives a peculiar view point of cetaceans in captivity and while a very profesional team playing a cloak-and-dagger game with those who would have them imprisoned . And exposing the ruthless practice, risking life and health in the process . Since that time, he has become one of the leading advocates against cetaceans incarcerated in small tanks , pools , ponds and reservoir and for the preservation of cetaceans in the wild. Richard O'Barry was the man who captured and trained the dolphins for the television show ¨Flipper¨ (1964) , though he also trained sea animals as sharks in films as ¨Beyond the Bermuda Triangle¨ , ¨Island Claws¨, and ¨The jaws of death¨ also titled ¨Mako sharks¨ . His sight point about sea animals 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 itself in his arms because of the stress of being in captivity . Richard joins forces with filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to carry out this surprising and interesting documentary . As filmmaker 'Louie Psihoyos ' go about attempting to expose one of what they see as the most brutal 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. O'Barry and Psihoyos are well known as enemies by the authorities in Taiji, the watcher cops who spy and chase and they will use whatever tactic to expel the two from Japan forever . O'Barry, Psihoyos and their team covertly attempt to photograph as a document of engaging proof this cruel behavior. The primary secluded cove where this activity is taking place is heavily guarded . It is here, under cover , masked , discreetely at night, hidden from the fishermen of Taiji, , engage in an unseen hunt to film conclusive evidendeces . The nature of what they do is so chilling -- and the consequences are so dangerous to human health -- they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it. With a state-of-the-art equipment they go undercover to film the hair-raising , horrifying images about Mular dolphin massacre . They employ among others Hollywood cameramen from George Lucas' ¨Industrial , Light and Magic¨ and deep sea free divers . As ILM technicians created special camouflaged, rock-like, cameras that helped capture some of the footage in the cove . Along the way they are pursued by the Japanese Police and mistreated by fishermen . As an expert team of marine explorers , water-sound and cameramen , special effects artists, , adrenaline junkies and world-class free divers who will carry out an undercover operation to shoot the off-limits cove .They also highlight what is deemed the perilous consumption of dolphin meat which is often sold not as dolphin meat and driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and considering the important support most specifically at the International Whaling Commission.

The film won several prizes such as Academy Awards, USA 2010 Winner Oscar Best Documentary, Features ,Louie Psihoyos ,Fisher Stevens . Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2009 Winner EDA Award Best Documentary Feature Film Louie Psihoyos . American Cinema Editors, USA 2010 WinnerBest Edited Documentary Geoffrey Richman . Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2009 Winner Audience Award Louie Psihoyos . Awards Circuit Community Awards 2009 Winner ACCA Best Documentary Feature . Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2009 Winner BSFC Award Best Documentary . Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner Critics Choice Award Best Documentary Feature .


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