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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:

Friend. Outcast. Killer. 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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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

As of August 2015, Seaworld profits have dropped 84% compared to the period prior to this film's release. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Tosh.0: Misses Every Layup (2014) See more »

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The human inhumanity

Let's go to the theme park to see the Orcas. Playful, interacting with their trainers who swim with them carefree it is a guaranteed spectacle and fun time.

Do we ever consider, that these intelligent creatures spent a lifetime enclosed in a large bathtub so that we can be entertained? Imagine going to see a show of children ballerinas knowing that those children spent their entire lives locked up in a room when not performing. Would anyone stand for this? Surely not, I would hope.

This riveting and didactic documentary explores the owner's attitudes when occasionally those animals flip out and act in an aggressive way. It is always the trainers fault, or the bad manners of the animals. In fact, it appears that those who run those theme parks have gone out of their way to hide the truth which is those who work with killer whales are in great risk.

The death of a long-time and renowned trainer brought the issue to the surface where enquiries had to be made.

We might be better informed about the risks involved but the rather lax legislature regarding animal rights allows these companies to still operate and oppress animals in an inhuman way.

Well made and runs high on emotion, it will make the viewer contemplate on the scale of human tyrannism.


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