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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.

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John Pingayak ...
Malik
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Nathan
John Chase ...
Roy
Ishmael Angalook Hope ...
Bud
Othniel 'Anaqulutuq' Oomittuk Jr. ...
Inupiat Whaler
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Adam Carlson
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Don Davis
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Frank
Maliaq Kairaiuak ...
Dana
Jeffrey Evan ...
Arnold
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Rachel Kramer
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J.W. McGraw
Randy Eledge ...
Oil Man
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Don Carr
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Pat Lafayette
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Governor Haskell
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News Producer #1
Kelly Lee Williams ...
News Producer #2
Megan Baldino ...
News Producer #3
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Jill Jerard
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Ruth McGraw
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Kelly Meyers
Maeve Blake ...
Shayna Dobler
Krista Schwarting ...
Diane Dobler
Liam Boles ...
Cooper Dobler
Opal Sidon ...
Darcy
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Porter Beckford
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Stu
Tim Palmer ...
Lloyd Dobler
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News Producer #4
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Wes Handrick
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Colonel Scott Boyer
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General Stanton
Princess Lucaj ...
Hotel Clerk #1
Jason Arthur Martin ...
Rich (as Jason Martin)
Jessica Tiihonen ...
Prudhoe Bay Reporter #1
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Chief of Staff
Anthony Fryer ...
National Guard Co-Pilot
Brady Ingledue ...
Alaskan Northern Oil Worker
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Karl Hootkin
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Dean Glowacki
Hillarie Putnam ...
Minneapolis Reporter (as Hillarie H. Putnam)
Mary Rock ...
Hotel Clerk #2
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Barrow Street Reporter
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SAR Pilot Conrad
Kathryn Harris ...
Teacher
Christine Kim ...
Prudhoe Bay Reporter #2
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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Yuri
Jackie Purcell ...
Icebreaker Reporter
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Dimitri
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President Reagan (as Quinn Redeker)
Elizabeth A. Bardsley ...
Foreign Reporter #1 (as Beth Beardsley)
Anju Bhargava ...
Foreign Reporter #2
Robertus A. Schaaper ...
Foreign Reporter #3
Michael Miller ...
Russian #1
Andrey Nikolaev ...
Russian #2
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Sarah Palin
Teresa Pingayak ...
Malik's Wife
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Prudhoe Bay Reporter #3
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Ronald Reagan (uncredited) (voice)
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Background Reporter (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Connie Chung ...
Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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News Anchor (uncredited) (voice)
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News Reporter (uncredited) (voice)
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On-Camera Journalist (uncredited)
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Greenpeace Volunteer (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Gloria King ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Paul Kirby ...
News Anchor (uncredited) (voice)
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Russian #3 (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Minneapolis News Crew (uncredited)
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Various (uncredited) (voice)
David Thomas ...
Inupiaq Male on Ice (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ken Kwapis

Written by

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Jack Amiel ... (screenplay) &
Michael Begler ... (screenplay)
 
Thomas Rose ... (book "Freeing the Whales")

Produced by

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Stuart M. Besser ... executive producer
Tim Bevan ... producer
Liza Chasin ... producer
Eric Fellner ... producer
Steve Golin ... producer
Paul Green ... executive producer
Michael Sugar ... producer
Emmeline Yang ... associate producer

Music by

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Cliff Eidelman

Cinematography by

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John Bailey

Film Editing by

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Cara Silverman

Editorial Department

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Jason Barnes ... first assistant editor
Christy House ... post-production coordinator (as Christy House)
Trevor Johann ... post-production assistant
Julian McDougald ... digital intermediate producer
Julia Nessling-Douglas ... digital intermediate producer
Josh Pellerin ... editorial assistant
Perry Petrzilka ... projectionist
Sarah Jean Porter ... assistant editor
Mark Sahagun ... digital intermediate editor
Adrian Seery ... colorist
Kay Sievert ... colorist: dailies
Ken Terry ... first assistant editor
Dan Williams ... digital intermediate color assistant
Lee Wimer ... color timer
Brian Gee ... dailies assist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Mary Gail Artz
Shani Ginsberg

Production Design by

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Nelson Coates

Art Direction by

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Scott Meehan

Set Decoration by

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Aaron Bailey
James Edward Ferrell Jr.

Costume Design by

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Shay Cunliffe

Makeup Department

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Janice Alexander ... hair department head
Trish Almeida ... hair stylist
Melanie Camargo ... makeup artist
Tanya Cookingham ... key makeup artist
Sonja Daniels ... makeup artist
Patricia DeHaney ... key hair stylist (as Patricia Dehaney-Le May)
Debra L. Ferullo ... makeup artist: Drew Barrymore
Ange Grmolyes ... hairstylist: Kristen Bell
Daniel Howell ... hair stylist: Drew Barrymore
Kelley Mitchell ... makeup department head
Amber Brophy Mock ... makeup artist
Susan Stepanian ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Laura Ganis ... production supervisor: second unit
Robin Le Chanu ... unit production manager
Graham Stumpf ... post-production supervisor
Michelle Wright ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Peter Lyons Collister ... second unit director
Stephen P. Dunn ... first assistant director
David Kelley ... second assistant director
Steve Love ... first assistant director
Paul Byrne Prenderville ... second assistant director
Wally Scott ... background coordinator
Stacy Stuart ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Kip Bartlett ... on-set dresser
Michael C. Biddle ... digital set designer
Jacob Carpenter ... set dresser
Karen Casanovas ... set decoration assistant
Nick D'Abo ... model construction coordinator: Kerner Optical
Tehben Dean ... set dresser
Liz Diament ... plasterer
John Hugh Evans ... gang boss painter
Benjamin Foss ... painter
Jeremy A. Gibbs ... propmaker (as Jeremy Gibbs)
Christina Hansen ... set decoration buyer
Frank J. Hart ... propmaker gangboss
Thomas Mark Higgins ... set dresser
Ryan Jacoby ... plaster foreman (creditOnly)
Kay Kropp ... lead painter
Fred Krush Jr. ... propmaker
Derek Loo ... propmaker: visual effects unit
C.J. Maguire ... assistant property master
Rick McLean ... paint foreman
Sebastian Meyer ... concept illustrator
Bozydar Orszula ... mill foreman
Parker W. Woods ... set dresser
Hope M. Parrish ... property master
Rudy Reachi ... second unit property master
Sarah Regan ... stand-by painter
Bob Renna ... set dec buyer
Thomas Michael Ryan ... foreman
Mark Sabel ... property assistant
Jeffrey Schlatter ... construction coordinator
Alex Scutti Jr. ... lead plasterer
Heather Szundy ... art department coordinator
Scott Von Feldt ... plasterer gangboss
Scott D. Warner ... ice field foreman
Maret Wicken ... set painter foreman
Mark Woods ... leadman
Nathan Foerster ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Fabien Devillers ... dubbing mixer
Jason George ... supervising sound editor
Richard Bryce Goodman ... sound mixer
Charles Hewitt ... adr mixer
Kaspar Hugentobler ... sound recordist
Carey Milbradt ... foley mixer
Christian P. Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Beauxregard Neylen ... adr mixer (as Beauxregard Neylon)
Monique Reymond ... foley artist
John Ross ... re-recording mixer
Geoffrey G. Rubay ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Ric Schnupp ... adr recordist
Dean St. John ... adr mixer
Paul Tirone ... adr recordist
Ross Wissbaum ... adr recordist
James Wright ... dolby sound consultant
Pepe Pleguezuelos ... re-recording mixer: spanish castilian version (uncredited)
Javier Valdés ... Dubbing manager: spanish castilian version (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Justin Buckingham ... whale construction designer
John P. Cazin ... special effects coordinator
Eric Cook ... special effects foreman
Roderic 'Mick' Duff ... special effects technician
Mark Koivu ... special effects foreman
Damian Lund ... special effects technician
Jeff Miller ... on-set coordinator
Christopher Walsh ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Nor Faisal Abdullah ... roto/prep artist: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Heather Abels ... matte painter: Rhythm & Hues
Lauren Abrams ... modelmaker: Kerner Optical
Suzaine Aguirre ... digital imaging resources
Kavan Ahalpara ... production coordinator: Rhythm & Hues
Shish Aikat ... education manager: Rhythm & Hues
Mohammad Akram ... matchmover
Erik Akutagawa ... digital image resources manager
Praveen Allu ... prep artist
Alina Anon ... matte painter: Rhythm and Hues
Mohammed Anuz ... modeling artist
Saurabh Arora ... roto/prep artist: Rhythm & Hues
Jean Arousi ... production assistant: Modus FX
Charles Arulraj ... background prep artist: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Sivakumar Arunachalam ... roto/prep artist
Rob Au ... lighting supervisor
Marie-Ève Authier ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Saraswathi Balgam ... Senior Executive: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Louise Barlow ... production manager: Rhythm & Hues
Jason Barnes ... visual effects editor
Anurag Bartare ... roto/paint artist: Rhythm and Hues Studio
Travis Baumann ... compositing supervisor: Gradient Effects
Greg Beaumonte ... camera engineer: Kerner Optical
Sophie Beck ... tracking: Modus FX
Lee Berger ... senior staff
Michael Best ... key grip: Kerner Optical
Anita Bevelheimer ... digital compositor
Avinash Bhandary ... digital compositor
Vishal Bhardwaj ... visual effects artist
Patrick Bissonnette ... vfx financial controller: Modus FX
Adam Blank ... matchmove supervisor: Rhythm and Hues
Sathish Kumar Bodicherla ... matchmove technical director: Rhythm & Hues, India
Christopher Boffoli ... special photography: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Jonathan Boisvert ... technical support: Modus FX
Cody Bosia ... practical effects technician: Kerner Optical
Marc Bourbonnais ... VFX Executive Producer: Modus FX
Elena Bovetti ... visual effects coordinator
Phil Bowen ... first assistant camera: Kerner Optical
Marty Brenneis ... camera engineer: Kerner Optical
Nathan Brunskill ... digital post technical lead: Rhythm & Hues
Josh Bryer ... digital effects supervisor
Sabrina Bucci ... data wrangler: Modus FX
Paul Bush ... lead lighting technical director: Rhythm & Hues
Donna Camargo ... digital compositor (as Donna Segal)
Paul Carman ... effects technical director
Jonathan Carré ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Camille Cellucci ... visual effects producer: Kerner Optical
M.B. Chaitanya ... senior animation layout td
Theju Chandran ... digital paint/roto artist: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Balachandar Chandrasekaran ... digital compositor
Jo-Wan Chao ... modeling technical director: Rhythm & Hues
Vinit Chaturvedany ... track/matchmove artist
Abhishek Chaturvedi ... roto and paint artist
Vanessa Cheung ... digital matte painter
Celine Chew ... visual effects coordinator
Jeremy Chinn ... modeling lead: Rhythm and Hues
Vikas Chirate ... senior systems administrator
Jiyeon Cho ... digital compositor
Sandesh Chonkar ... modeler: Rhythm & Hues, India
Samik Roy Choudhury ... match move technical director
Ian Chriss ... best boy electric: Kerner Optical
Marvin Chua ... render i/o coordinator
Jeffrey Cilley ... digital imaging specialist
Tom Cloutier ... stage manager: Kerner Optical
Valérie Clément ... sales & marketing manager: Modus FX
Daniel Aristoteles Collins ... systems/operations: Rhythm & Hues
Krystal Cooper ... production coordinator: International Digital Production
Michael Crane ... digital compositor: Rhythm and Hues
Jacinthe Côté ... VFX Production Manager: Modus FX (as Jacynthe Côté)
Michael Côté ... technical support: Modus FX
Julie D'Antoni ... visual effects executive producer: Rhythm & Hues Studio
Rajdeep Dandekar ... digital compositor
Alpesh Dangodara ... bg prep artist
Dazrene Irman Darus ... roto/prep artist: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Fon Davis ... model/miniature supervisor: Kerner Optical
Ayse Dedeoglu ... visual effects production manager: Kerner Optical (as Ayse Arkali)
Andrew DeGraff ... visual effects coordinator
Michael Degtjarewsky ... digital compositor
Valerie Delahaye ... production manager: Modus
Shashidhar Goud Desha ... bg prep: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Philippe Desiront ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Anouk Deveault-Moreau ... VFX Producer: Modus FX
Bryan Dewe ... practical effects technician: Kerner Optical
Santosh Kumar Dey ... matchmove & rotoanim artist: rhythm & hues studios
Andreane Dodier-Villeneuve ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Nicolas Donel ... matte painter
Crystal Dowd ... Visual Effects Executive - Universal Pictures
Benjamin Richard Drake ... render i/o administrator
Andrey Drogobetski ... compositor
Patricia Rose Duignan ... visual effects executive producer: Kerner Optical
John Duncan ... modelmaker: Kerner Optical
Matthew Nowicki DuVall ... visual effects artist (as Matthew Duvall)
Thomas Esmeralda ... senior matte painter: Rhythm & Hues
Andrea Espinal ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Todd Fellows ... modelmaker: Kerner Optical
Jean-Sébastien Fortin ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Nicolas Fourcroy ... data wrangler: Modus FX
Eloi Nischith Francis ... roto/prep artist: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Darnie Galloway ... visual effects production coordinator: Kerner Optical (as Darnie Davila)
Dominic Gaudreau ... director of technology: Modus FX
Henry Gaw ... render coordinator
Mikael Genachte-Lebail ... lead matte painter: Rhythm & Hues
Bill Georgiou ... vfx sequence supervisor
Brian Gernand ... creative director: Kerner Optical
Matthew Gilson ... digital matte painter: Rhythm and Hues
Zoran Glisovic ... digital compositor: Rhythm & Hues Studios
John Goodman ... animation supervisor
Namita Gotephode ... modeling and shading manager
Victor Grant ... effects supervisor
Jay Grunfeld ... digital compositor
Neal Halter ... modelmaker: Kerner Optical
Justin Hammond ... lighting technical director: Rhythm & Hues
Wyatt Hannon ... visual effects coordinator: Universal
Benjamin Hardy ... software and technology: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Sean Hargreaves ... matte painter
Anthony Harris ... color supervisor
Drew Harrison ... texture painter
Dan Hauck ... model maker
Frank Helbig ... best boy electric: Kerner Optical
John Heller ... visual effects supervisor
Don L. Henderson ... best boy grip: Kerner Optical
Geoff Heron ... practical effects supervisor: Kerner Optical
Matt Heron ... practical effects technician: Kerner Optical
Clark Higgins ... video assist: Kerner Optical
Phil Holland ... digital imaging specialist
Sean Hyunin Lee ... senior digital compositor: Rhythm & Hues
Lonnie Iannazzo ... CG production manager
Neeraj Ingle ... digital compositor: Rhythm & Hues Studios
David P.I. James ... visual effects producer (as David James)
Jonathan Jamison ... compositor
Rajeev Jeganathan ... roto and paint artist: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Mabel John ... modeller
Abhimanyu Joshi ... matchmove technical director: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Brandon Kachel ... matte painter: Rhythm & Hues
Anoop Ani Kanakam ... pipeline technical director
Sean Kennedy ... lead compositor: Rhythm & Hues
Michael Kessler ... pipeline supervisor
Hussin Khan ... production & technical support: Rhythm & Hues
Sam Kim ... digital compositor
Eric Kimelton ... visual effects coordinator
Louis Kreusel ... technology show coordinator
Gl Kumar ... texture painter
Sarah Kym Cosmi ... texture lead: Rhythm and Hues Studios (as Sarah Cosmi)
David Labrecque ... data wrangler: Modus FX
Louis Laflamme-Fillion ... production assistant: Modus FX
Francis Larouche ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Cornelius Lim ... roto/prep artist
Shahrir Lim ... roto/prep artist: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Samuel Loriault-Goulet ... data wrangler: Modus FX
Kyle Lovrien ... educator
Michelle Lyman ... modelmaker: Kerner Optical
Michael T. Marlett ... visual effects coordinator
Carolyn Martin ... visual effects coordinator
Steve Matson ... matte painter
Shelley Matsutani ... look development manager: Rhythm & Hues
Pierre Maurer ... modelmaker: Kerner Optical
L. Patrick McCormack ... senior manager: International Digital Productions
Jane M. McCurley ... production technology coordinator: Rhythm & Hues
Jay Mehta ... lead prep/roto artist: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Ken Mieding ... special visual effects: Kerner Optical
Vimal Raj Mohan ... matchmove technical director: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Gaelle Morand ... look development supervisor
Kenneth Nakada ... art director: Rhythm and Hues
Shyam Prasad Chowdhary Nunna ... digital compositor: Rhythm & Hues
Boban Panakal Varghese Joy ... digital production coordinator: Rhythm & Hues
Sokratis Parsanos ... visual effects artist
Luis F. Pazos ... visual effects editor
Philippe Pelletier ... production assistant: Modus FX
Seth Peterson ... lighter: Rhythm & Hues
Joseph Vincent Pike ... digital compositor: GradientFX
Praveena Pinnoju ... matchmove artist: rhythm & hues studios
Vance Piper ... first assistant camera: Kerner Optical
Jeanne-Élise Prévost ... VFX project manager: Modus FX
Murthy Putrevu ... visual effects artist
Rajesh Putta ... matchmove artist: rhythm & hues studios
Alice Pépujol ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Sharina Radia ... senior visual effects coordinator: GradientFX
Vamshi Ramasagaram ... digital compositor
Srinivasan Ranganathan ... paint/roto artist
Sanjay Rao ... matchmove artist
Rajmohan Singh Rawat ... digital compositor (as Raj Mohan Singh Rawat)
Ridhwan Razak ... paint/rotoscope artist
Anil Reddy ... matchmove technical director: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Vijay Bharath Reddy ... roto/prep artist
Alejandro Restrepo ... data wrangler: Modus FX
Persis Reynolds ... visual effects producer: Gradient Effects
Stéphane Rioux ... digital compositing supervisor: Modus FX
Martin Rosenberg ... visual effects director of photography: Kerner Optical
Jayaraman Sabarisan ... matchmove technical director rhythm and hues
Matthew Sacchitella ... render i/o coordinator
Joe Salazar ... digital compositor
Mayuresh Salunke ... senior modeler: Rhythm & Hues
Marc-Andre Samson ... matte painter
Neville Emerson Samuel ... roto/prep artist: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Craig Samuels ... second assistant camera: Kerner Optical
Jeffrey Schaper ... visual effects digital producer
Gunther Schatz ... visual effects technical director
Jason Scott ... lighting artist: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Vijay Selvam ... digital compositor: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Seshaprasad ... head of digital production: Rhythm & Hues Studios Asia
See Shae Lyn ... background prep technical director: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Siddharth Shah ... lead compositor: Rhythm and Hues
Richard Shallcross ... lighting technical director: Rhythm & Hues
Mayumi Shimokawa ... matte painter: Rhythm and Hues
Vishwanath Shirodkar ... roto/paint artist
Shyamchand ... backgound preparation technical director
Prasanna Siddharthan ... lead compositor: Gradient Effects
Murugan Siju ... lead roto/prep artist
Nathaniel Sims ... effects technical director: Rhythm & Hues
Arjun Singh ... compositor
Dhruv Singh ... compositor
Brad Smith ... render i/o administrator
Arpit Soni ... digital production coordinator: Rhythm and Hues
Dinesh Soni ... matchmove technical director: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Frank Strzalkowski ... gaffer: Kerner Optical
Radhakrishnan Sundararaj ... digital compositor
Craig Talmy ... senior animation supervisor: Rhythm & Hues
Olcun Tan ... visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
Wilson Tang ... digital restoration
Thomas Tannenberger ... visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
Ben Taylor ... render i/o coordinator
Guillaume Terrien ... digital compositor: Modus FX
Jateen Thakkar ... digital compositor
Nicholas Theisen ... digital imaging resources
Raymond Thian ... paint/roto artist
Avish John Thomas ... paint/roto artist: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Bill Tlusty ... visual effects executive producer: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Anthony Tso ... animation layout
Sourabh Uppal ... pre-lighter and texture painter: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Viral Vadalia ... system administrator: Rhythm & Hues
Sarma Vanguri ... digital artist
Eugene Vendrovsky ... software
Rakesh Venugopalan ... lead prep/roto artist: Rhythm and Hues Malaysia
Kevin Wallace ... manager of operations: Kerner Optical
Jun Watanabe ... effects technical director: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Maggie Whittemore ... visual effects coordinator
Dan Whitton ... modelmaker: Kerner Optical
Yanick Wilisky ... VFX Supervisor: Modus FX
Wineeth Wilson ... roto/prep: Rhythm and Hues studios
Wineeth Wilson ... roto/prep: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Sagar Zade ... modeling technical director
Stacy Burstin ... visual effects (uncredited)
Mandeep Singh ... digital production manager (uncredited)
Nai Yin Wang ... prep and roto artist: Rhythm and Hues Malaysia (uncredited)

Stunts

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Keith Adams ... stunt coordinator
Lloyd Barachina ... stunt double
Helena Barrett ... stunt double: Drew Barrymore
Emily Brobst ... stunt double
Jason Bunch ... stunts
Tanner Gill ... water safety
Szilvia Gogh ... stunt double: Drew Barrymore
Sean Graham ... stunts
Michael 'Pugita' Kobayashi ... stunt double
Samuel Le ... stunt double
Michael Li ... stunt performer
John Rottger ... utility stunts
Spencer Sano ... stunts
Michael Trisler ... stunts (as Mike Trisler)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael Alexonis ... key grip: second unit
Phillip Allard ... assistant chief rigging technician (as Phil Allard)
Justin Babin ... rigging grip best boy
Robert J. Babin ... rigging key grip
Rob Barnett ... camera operator: vfx unit
Art Bartels ... key grip
Michael K. Bergstrom ... electrician: second unit / rigging electrician
Gene Boyda ... dolly grip: "b" camera
Robert Branam ... video assist: second unit
Robin Bursey ... second assistant camera: second unit
Michael Collier II ... rigging electrician
Peter Lyons Collister ... director of photography: second unit
Steven Cueva ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jason Cummings ... rigging grip
Thomas A. Curran ... company grip
Ian Degner ... second assistant camera: Kerner Optical
Alan R. Disler ... First Assistant camera "A" Camera: second unit
Jim Duggan ... best boy grip
April Frame ... company grip
Lauren Gadd ... loader
Donald S. Hubbell ... dolly grip: "a" camera
Jonathan Huff ... electrician
Timothy Jipping ... grip
Simon Keelan ... company grip
Shane D. Kelly ... gaffer: second unit
Greg Kern ... electrician
Kevin Kurka ... electrician
Brian Lizer ... electrician
Eric Lizer ... electrician / rigging electrician
Travis Lizer ... rigging grip
Jim McConkey ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Darren Michaels ... unit still photographer
Matthew Moriarty ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Mike Moyer ... gaffer
Haydn Pazanti ... second assistant camera
Pete Romano ... underwater director of photography
Steven L. Rychetnik ... camera operator
Aaron Schuh ... film loader: second unit
Charles Sears ... production assistant
Dennis Seawright ... first assistant camera
Dave Selle ... electrician
Tom Trainor ... grip
Beau Vaughan ... electrician: Kerner Optical visual effects unit
Frank Yario Jr. ... key video assist
Jozo Zovko ... second assistant camera: "a" camera

Animation Department

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Nick Bachman ... layout artist
Srikar Balakrishnan ... animator
Christian Brierley ... animator
Victor Courtright ... animator
Tim Granberg ... animator
Dave Hagen ... layout artist
Will Kistler ... animator
Anandroop Mukherjee ... animator
Shadi Petosky ... animation supervisor: Puny (as Shad Petosky)
Steve Ziolkowski ... animator

Casting Department

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Joe Cappelletti ... adr voice casting
Karen Casanovas ... extras casting assistant
Jesseca Moore ... casting intern
Grace Picton Olrun ... casting / extras casting
Deborah Schildt ... casting / extras casting
Morgan Willis ... casting assistant
Patricia Yuen ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kent Cummins ... costumer: Drew Barrymore
Sean Haley ... set costumer
Annette Holt ... key costumer
Alyssa Kim ... set costumer
Valerie Laven-Cooper ... assistant costume designer: LA
Katie Saunders ... costume supervisor
Tess Weaver ... costumer

Location Management

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Tamar Ben-Yosef ... assistant location manager
Loren Holmes ... assistant location manager
Matt Szundy ... location scout / locations

Music Department

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Dallas Aimer ... orchestrator
Helen Z. Altenbach ... musician
Nick Angel ... music supervisor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist
Ben Bromfield ... synth programmer
George Doering ... musician
Kirsten Errington ... music consultant (as Kirsten Lane)
Kenneth Karman ... music editor
Matt LaPoint ... additional vocal recording
David Low ... orchestra contractor
Bryan Pezzone ... musician: piano
Jasper Randall ... vocal contractor
Larry Rench ... orchestrator
Ryan Robinson ... scoring technical support engineer
Patrick Russ ... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands ... music scoring mixer
Nevin Seus ... assistant music editor
Vicki Williams ... music coordinator

Transportation Department

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Mark Scott Beaumaster ... driver
Thomas Beltz Jr. ... driver
Elsa Billingham ... driver
Justin Bojarski ... driver: honeywagon
Richard Browder ... driver
Randy Cantor ... transportation coordinator/captain
Fred Christofferson ... driver: cast
Mary Clancy ... driver
Gordon DeWitt ... driver
Gary Fairclough ... driver
Skip Fairlee ... transportation co-captain
Bill Farmer ... driver
Jeff Forsythe ... driver: cast
Orlando Gonzalez ... driver
David Gray ... driver
Zbigniew Kafar ... driver: cast
Peter Kalamarides ... Alaska transportation captain
Jim Kelly ... driver: honeywagon
Brian Lizer ... picture car coordinator
James A. Lundin ... production driver
Steve Marinos ... driver
Alan Mehler ... driver
Bruce Mitchell ... driver
Emmanuel Nah ... driver
Richard Norton ... driver
Doyle Dennis Nowland ... driver
Thomas O'Donnell ... production driver
Jacob Purdy ... driver
Terry Quirk ... driver: 5 ton set dressing
Rick Roetman ... driver
Brad Snowden ... driver
Randy Spoonemore ... driver
Alex Stewart ... production driver
Christopher Stovall ... driver
Fred Swain ... driver
Bobby Tacker ... driver
Jim Tornero ... driver
Darrel Wingrove ... driver
Kelly Yeager ... driver

Other crew

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Alexa Alden ... script supervisor: second unit
Amy Anderson ... set medic
Reynolds Anderson ... assistant to director
Christina Angeloudes ... legal and business affairs: manager
Vanessa J. Beck ... assistant: Mr. Besser
Christopher Billig ... main title design
Jeffrey Todd Brown ... stand in for Jon Krazinski
Selena Carrillo ... production coordinator
Dirk Craft ... accounting clerk
Cedar Cussins ... production assistant
Chloe Dorigan ... assistant: Tim Bevan
Martha Enslow ... cast assistant for Mr.Mulroney
Kate Fasulo ... production supervisor: Working Title
Joshua Fritel ... key set production assistant
Kate Galbraith ... assistant production coordinator
Eidan Hanzei ... adr loop artist (as Henry Hayashi)
Christy House ... post production coordinator
Nikhil Jassawalla ... consultant (uncredited)
Paul Rufus Jones ... production assistant
Amanda Klein ... second assistant accountant
Mela Lee ... voice actor
David Linck ... unit publicist
Debra R. Lopez ... second assistant accountant (as Debra R. Duff)
Mary McCusker ... acting coach
Kevin McKeon ... assistant: Ms. Barrymore
Deanna Moore ... stand in for kristen bell
Michael Neal ... payroll accountant
Vicente C. Ogilvie ... Department of Defense liaison officer
Steven Oliveri ... set production assistant: additional photography
Monica Perez Gelbman ... post-production accountant
Katherine Pomfret ... assistant to Eric Fellner
Kristen Portanova ... travel and shipping coordinator
Anne Rapp ... script supervisor
Shane Reeves ... production assistant
Deborah Ricketts ... stock footage researcher
Jill Rosenblatt ... production accountant
Jack Sidey ... production coordinator: Working Title
Michelle Sullivan ... researcher
Joe Tapangco ... set production assistant (as Joseph Tapangco)
Laura Tiz ... first assistant accountant
Angelo Vacco ... voice actor
Mark Van Horne ... laboratory contact
Brenden Wedner ... production assistant
Darren C. Wong ... production assistant
Mary Anna 'M.A.' Woodbury ... construction accountant
Britney Young ... production secretary
Keegan Zall ... craft service: process unit
Stacy Boles ... stand-in (uncredited)
Jessica Laurion ... volunteer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Brian Hohlfeld ... thanks
Sarah Palin ... the producers wish to thank
Carolyn K. Robinson ... the producers wish to thank

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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 broadcasters, which brings the plight of the whales to the attention of various different groups. First and foremost is Greenpeace, Anchorage-based Rachel Kramer in particular who will do anything to save the whales, she who happens to be Adam's ex-girlfriend the two having parted on not good terms. Rachel tries to manipulate those who can do something to do those somethings. Those groups include the governor's office, who she wants to request deployment of the National Guard specifically to transport via helicopter tow a privately owned hoverbarge capable of breaking through the ice. The problem for Rachel is that the hoverbarge is owned by her mortal enemy, J.W. McGraw of Alaskan Northern Oil, which wants drilling rights in the northern waters. More and more news services send their reporters to Barrow to cover the story, including Los Angeles based Jill Jerard after who Adam has long lusted from afar. The White House gets wind of the story, support for the whales which they are determined to demonstrate, as public support grows, that White House support especially important in an election year. And the local indigenous group, the Inupiat, initially plan to harvest the whales in their certain death in an effort to protect their natural hunting/fishing way of life, despite the gray whale specifically not being part of their natural diet. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Everybody Loves Whales (United States)
  • Whales (United States)
  • Miracle en Alaska (France)
  • Der Ruf der Wale (Germany)
  • Una aventura extraordinaria (Spain)
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  • 107 min
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Budget $40,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,760,205, 05 Feb 2012

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Trivia The sportscaster shown at the end of the archived news clip is Sarah Palin, before she became the Governor of Alaska and Vice President nominee around two decades after the events depicted in the movie. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #6.20 (2012). See more »
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 »
Quotes Adam Carlson: I think Barrow might have one great story left in her.
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