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Big Miracle (2012)

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In small-town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

Director:

Ken Kwapis

Writers:

Jack Amiel (screenplay), Michael Begler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Pingayak John Pingayak ... Malik
Ahmaogak Sweeney ... Nathan
John Chase John Chase ... Roy
Ishmael Angalook Hope Ishmael Angalook Hope ... Bud
Othniel 'Anaqulutuq' Oomittuk Jr. Othniel 'Anaqulutuq' Oomittuk Jr. ... Inupiat Whaler
John Krasinski ... Adam Carlson
Andrew Daly ... Don Davis
Thomas R. Daly ... Frank
Maliaq Kairaiuak Maliaq Kairaiuak ... Dana
Jeffrey Evan Jeffrey Evan ... Arnold
Drew Barrymore ... Rachel Kramer
Ted Danson ... J.W. McGraw
Randy Eledge Randy Eledge ... Oil Man
Thom Van Dorp ... Don Carr
Tim Blake Nelson ... Pat Lafayette
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Storyline

October, 1988. Adam Carlson, a reporter for a local Anchorage television station, is currently in Barrow doing a series of pieces on the "local cultural color" of northern Alaska. While out on the sea ice filming a less than promising piece, he spots off in the distance what ends up being three California gray whales - a mother, father and son - who are literally imprisoned by ice which has surrounded them in the earlier than usual onset of winter. They are looking worse for wear as they have been ramming the ice surface to maintain a hole in the ice to be able to breathe and thus survive. The professional and cultural assessment he receives is that the whales, in their current situation, cannot survive for more than a few days, with the ice fives miles in distance to the open ocean with a vertical ice shelf that has developed midway. Adam's piece on the whales not only gets played on his station, but is picked up by news services throughout the States, including the national ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everybody Loves Whales See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,760,205, 5 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,113,965, 30 March 2012
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article on the Greenpeace website, the Rachel Kramer character (Drew Barrymore) is based on Greenpeace wildlife campaigner, Cindy Lowry, who appears in the closing credits in archival footage. See more »

Goofs

When the Green Peace activist dives under the ice in a wetsuit, she has red thermal gloves on. While submerged and using her knife to cut away the net on the baby whale's fluke, her bare hands are visible. When she surfaces, the red gloves are back on again. See more »

Quotes

Adam Carlson: I think Barrow might have one great story left in her.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, on the left side are scenes from the movie characters and on the right side, archive footage of the real people. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Big Miracle: A Look Inside (2012) See more »

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Well Executed Story For Both Adults and Kids
4 February 2012 | by slitherkSee all my reviews

Yes, there were simplistic clichés, but for a PG-rated movie and the confines therein, Big Miracle is about as good as it can get. The Inupiat people, the reporters, the extraction industry - all sides were treated with a degree of nuance. The take-away message was really important too - that you can accomplish things with people you don't agree with or even like. And we really enjoyed the efforts made to set the film properly in its late 80s period.

I disagree with the other reviews that found the special effects lacking. I don't think they detracted from the story, which in the end was quite compelling.


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