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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.

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

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 »

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Documentary | News

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$2,073,582

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,303,417
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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In late 2015, Seaworld announced they would be ending their orca shows in 2016, and replacing them with attractions that promote conservation the following year. This has been widely panned and is viewed as a PR stunt by animal rights groups, as Seaworld will continue to breed the animals and keep them in captivity. Because they refuse to end their breeding program, Seaworld's proposed "Project Blue World" was denied the necessary permission to expand their park in San Diego. See more »

Quotes

Himself - OSHA Expert Witness, Whale Researcher: The First Nations people and the old fisherman on the coast, they call them "blackfish". They're an animal that possesses great spiritual power and they're not to be meddled with. I've spent a lot of time around killer whales and they're always in charge. I never get out of the boat and I never mess with them. The speed and power is quite amazing. Rule are the same as the pool hall - keep one foot on the floor at all times.
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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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