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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.

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

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Documentary | Crime

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

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The Rising  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$57,640, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

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$857,005
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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 »

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Hardy Jones: Every cetacean known to man is endangered just by going anywhere near Japan.
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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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Referenced in You're the Worst: Other Things You Could Be Doing (2015) See more »

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Flipper
Written by Henry Vars & 'By' Dunham (as By Dunham)
Used by permission of EMI April Music Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of TGH Records, LLC
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Disturbing and eye-opening
12 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Enough has been said about this excellent documentary, but I wanted to comment on the negative responses, some of which are posted here and which also can be read on the message board. If you have not seen this movie, DON'T PAY ANY ATTENTION to the moronic comments, view this film and judge for yourself. If you are an intelligent, caring person, concerned about the environment and the animals, you must see this documentary. The film was made with great risks involved and all who took part in making it have to be commended for their courage and desire to show the truth. I saw the film several days ago and I cannot get it out of my head. It is the most disturbing film I have seen since "The Witness" (not to be confused with the one starring Harrison Ford). When I saw the movie, the theatre was practically empty, and that was disappointing because people should be made aware of the horrors documented in this film.


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