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Blackfish (2013)

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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

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Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli B. Despres (as Eli Despres) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilikum ... Himself (archive footage)
John Hargrove John Hargrove ... Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Samantha Berg ... Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Mark Simmons Mark Simmons ... Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Kim Ashdown Kim Ashdown ... Herself
Dean Gomersall Dean Gomersall ... Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
James Earl Jones ... Himself (archive footage)
Shamu Shamu ... Himself (archive footage)
Carol Ray Carol Ray ... Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
John Jett John Jett ... Himself - Fomer SeaWorld Trainer
Dawn Brancheau Dawn Brancheau ... Herself - SeaWorld Trainer (archive footage)
Jeffrey Ventre Jeffrey Ventre ... Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Thomas Tobin Thomas Tobin ... Himself
Dave Duffus ... Himself - OSHA Expert Witness, Whale Researcher
Jim Payne Jim Payne ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never capture what you can't control. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackfish - Egy kardszárnyú delfin története See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,962, 21 July 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,063,312, 13 October 2013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Manny O Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

There are currently 58 known captive orcas worldwide. 163 have died in captivity, there have been 30 stillborn calves, 14 known capture attempts that resulted in deaths, and 43 that were captured but are unaccounted for. See more »

Quotes

Whoopi Goldberg: We don't speak Whale.
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Connections

Features Good Morning America (1975) See more »

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On how humans should (and should not) encounter orca whales
28 July 2013 | by imdb-694-11888See all my reviews

First, that's a great documentary: it beautifully combines Herzog's "Grizzly Man" thrilling, escalating tension of how things go wrong when humans misinterpret their relation with nature with Achbar & Abbott's "The Corporation" sharp examination of modern-day companies.

Second, it is aesthetically captivating and pleasant to follow. Cowperthwaite's reconstructs the narrative leading to the final, and fatal, encounter of Tilikum and Dawn Brancheau, alternating footage, both in the wild and in aquariums, with interviews and contextual data.

Finally, it is a work that, without ever abandoning neutrality, serves a mostly noble cause: that against the confinement of animals that are intelligent, social, and set to crisscross oceans, not to be kept in tanks.

My hope is that, by being such a fine piece of art, it also helps change the industry of marine-life entertainment theme parks.

So "Blackfish" is a big splash in more than one way! Go watch it.


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