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

Writers:

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

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Friend. Outcast. Killer. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Ahead of release, SeaWorld mounted an aggressive preemptive public relations campaign attacking the veracity of Gabriela Cowperthwaite's claims in a critique sent to fifty potential film reviewers - a move .. that garnered wide attention to what would otherwise have likely been a little seen documentary. The film's release company (Magnolia Entertainment) President stated SeaWorld's response as: 'Frankly, never seen anything like it' but was 'the gift that keeps on giving.' (In New York Times, July '13: quoted in 'Political Risk' by Amy Zegart with Condoleezza Rice, no less: '17.) See more »

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Howard Garrett - Orca Researcher: There is no record of an orca doing any harm to a human in the wild.
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Connections

Featured in Sky World News: Episode dated 1 February 2018 (2018) See more »

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Shocked & upset
29 April 2013 | by stacey-gormanSee all my reviews

I saw this documentary at the Sundance film festival London. I travelled down from Manchester as i could not wait for the Uk cinema release. After Seeing The Cove in 2009 after swimming with Captive Dolphins myself in 2006 to get over a family bereavement x 2. I never knew what dolphins did in captivity - just that it was one of the things i wanted to do before i die. After seeing them entertain people again & again, eat dead fish & float in a small tank all day i needed to see the pain Orcas go through. I'm glad Blackfish has been made. YOU need to see this film if you love mammals & any other intelligent animal in captivity...My eyes were opened at The Cove....if this doesn't then you are very selfish....Money is defo the Rule of all Evil. I will be taking all my friends & family to see this. After 5 days I am still thinking about it & can't believe these parks are still open :(


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,962, 21 July 2013

Gross USA:

$2,073,582

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,303,417
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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