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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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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

One of the reporters shown in the movie is played by Jackie Purcell, real-life chief meteorologist for KTUU-NBC Channel 2 in Anchorage, Alaska - the station for which Adam Carlson, John Krasinski's character, works in the film. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, nobody's breath appears when they are outdoors, especially given the frigid temperatures that they were reporting. See more »

Quotes

Adam Carlson: [Rachel approaches the hole in the ice for the first time; one whale pokes it's head out of the water] Rachel, I'd like you to meet Fred.
Rachel Kramer: Hi Fred!
Adam Carlson: [second whale pops up] ... and Wilma.
Rachel Kramer: Good morning, Wilma! You're beautiful!
Adam Carlson: [third whale, the baby, comes up] And this, is Bam Bam!
Adam Carlson: Hi Bam Bam! Wait... wasn't Pebbles Fred and Wilma's kid?
Adam Carlson: Yeah, but Pebbles was also a girl.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, when the Working Title logo appears, we hear the songs of the whales. See more »

Connections

References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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A surprisingly smart family drama.
7 September 2012 | by Ryan_MYeahSee all my reviews

Big Miracle looks deceiving due to its advertising. Looking like a sappy, clichéd mess of a cash in. Even at first impression, it's deceiving. Characters like the oft-seen charismatic ex-boyfriend, the spunky animal rights activist, the street-smart young kid, the pretty fish out of water journalist, the local elderly wiseman, the mean old oil tycoon turned good guy, the unlikely geniuses who provide comic relief, and even the self-absorbed douchebag news anchor had me fearing for its quality.

However, something about this true story just sticks. The script is overly clichéd, but there's a surprising heart and lack of cheap corniness to it that feels more honest than its sappy sounding premise may let on. It also boasts another surprising element: actual intelligence. It may not be groundbreaking, but it's done plenty of justice by an excellent cast. Even if it's not always focused, the powerful ending is happily earned, adding up to a satisfying family drama.

***1/2 / *****


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