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

Awards:
  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 38 nominations.
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Cast

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Himself (archiveFootage)
John Hargrove ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
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Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Mark Simmons ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Kim Ashdown ...
Herself
Dean Gomersall ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Shamu ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Carol Ray ...
Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
John Jett ...
Himself - Fomer SeaWorld Trainer
Dawn Brancheau ...
Herself - SeaWorld Trainer (archiveFootage)
Jeffrey Ventre ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Thomas Tobin ...
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Himself - OSHA Expert Witness, Whale Researcher
Jim Payne ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Martha Sugalski ...
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David Kirby ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
John Crowe ...
Himself - Diver
Howard Garrett ...
Himself - Orca Researcher
Eric Walters ...
Himself - Former Trainer, Sealand
Ken Balcomb ...
Himself - Director, Center for Whale Research
Steve Huxter ...
Himself - Former Director, Sealand
Christopher Porter ...
Himself - Former Trainer, Sealand
Kelty Burn ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Corinne Cowell ...
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Nadien Kallen ...
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Lori Marino ...
Herself - Neuroscientist
Kelly Clark ...
Herself - SeaWorld Head Trainer (archiveFootage)
John Black ...
Himself - OSHA Attorney (archiveSound)
Ken Welsch ...
Himself - Jusge (archiveSound)
Katina ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Kalina ...
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Kasatka ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Takara ...
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Kandu ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Corky ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
John Sillick ...
Himself - SeaWorld Trainer (archiveFootage)
Tamarie Tollison ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Orkid ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Splash ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Robin Sheets ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
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Herself (archiveFootage)
Ken Peters ...
Himself - SeaWorld Trainer (archiveFootage)
Daniel Dukes ...
Himself (archiveFootage) (as Daniel P. Dukes)
Estefania Rodriguez ...
Herself
Alexis Martinez ...
Himself - Loro Parque Trainer (archiveFootage)
Suzanne Allee ...
Herself - Former Video Supervisor, Loro Parque
Mercedes Martinez ...
Herself - Alexis' Mother
Valerie Dratch ...
Herself - Witness (archiveFootage)
Jim Solomons ...
Himself - Spokesman, Orange County Sheriff's Office (archiveFootage)
Thad Lacinak ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Executive (archiveFootage)
Dave McDaniel ...
Himself - Reporter (archiveFootage)
Chuck Tompkins ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Jeff Andrews ...
Himself - SeaWorld Expert Witness (archiveFootage)
Diane Brancheau ...
Herself - Dawn Brancheau's Sister
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Ken (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - Director (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Written by

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Gabriela Cowperthwaite ... (written by) &
Eli B. Despres ... (written by) (as Eli Despres)
 
Tim Zimmermann ... (co-writer)

Produced by

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Judy Bart ... executive producer
Rick Brookwell ... executive producer
Gabriela Cowperthwaite ... producer
Erica Kahn ... executive producer
Manny Oteyza ... producer (as Manuel V. Oteyza)
Phillipe Vicente ... consulting producer
Tim Zimmermann ... associate producer

Music by

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Jeff Beal

Cinematography by

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Jonathan Ingalls
Chris Towey ... (as Christopher Towey)

Film Editing by

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Eli B. Despres ... (as Eli Despres)
Gabriela Cowperthwaite ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Elisa Bonora ... additional editing
David A. Davidson ... colorist / on-line editor
Andrew Jewell ... assistant on-line editor
Richard Mazikowski ... additional editor
Matthaeus Szumanski ... assistant editor
Yasu Tsuji ... assistant on-line editor
Chad Wilson ... assistant on-line editor

Production Management

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David A. Davidson ... post-production supervisor
Sim T. Davidson ... post-production producer
Manny Oteyza ... unit production manager (as Manuel V. Oteyza)

Art Department

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Syd Garon ... graphics

Sound Department

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Shawn Coffman ... additional sound recordist
Jonathan Ingalls ... additional sound recordist
Henry Moyerman ... assistant sound editor
Craig Plachy ... re-recording mixer
Roger J. Sacdalan ... machine room recordist
Jeff Stone ... location sound
Vince Tennant ... sound supervisor
John Warrin ... sound effects editor (as John Warren)
C.J. Carpenter ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
John Warrin ... sound designer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Angela Bernardoni ... additional camera: San Juan Island
Terrence Claiborne ... additional camera: Atlanta (as Redd Claiborne)
Sara Hoff ... additional camera: Orlando
Zoe Morrison ... still photographer
Xavier Ramirez ... archive footage

Animation Department

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Gary Breslin ... animation creative director: ODD-NY
Tim Case ... animation executive producer: ODD-NY
Charles Salice ... animation executive producer: ODD-NY (as Charles V. Salice)
Matthew Turke ... animation head of production: ODD-NY

Music Department

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Alisha Bauer ... musician: cello
Jeff Beal ... conductor / music producer / musician: bass / musician: piano, trumpet
Chris Bleth ... musician: woodwinds (as Chris Bieth)
Briana Brandy ... musician: viola
Jennifer Choi-Fisher ... musician: violin
Samuel Fischer ... musician: violin (as Sam Fischer)
Larry Greenfield ... musician: violin
Thomas Harte ... musician: bass (as Tom Harte)
Cheryl Kim ... musician: violin
Songa Lee ... musician: violin
Jason Lippman ... musician: cello
David Low ... musician: cello
Luke Maurer ... musician: viola
David Mergen ... musician: cello
Neli Nikolaeva ... musician: violin
Grace Oh ... musician: violin
Aaron Oltman ... musician: viola
Jeff Richman ... musician: guitar
Mark Robertson ... musician: violin
Yariv Vaknin ... composer: Trailer Music
Rodney Wirtz ... musician: viola
Jairo Duarte-Lopez ... recording assistant (uncredited)
David Low ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Mark Robertson ... concertmaster (uncredited)
Christopher Ward ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Dan Braun ... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainment
Josh Braun ... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainment
Charlotte Brownlee ... assistant to executive producers
Lisa Callif ... clearance counsel
Dean Cheley ... clearance counsel (as Dean R. Cheley)
Shawn Coffman ... production assistant
Syd Garon ... title designer
Martin Guigui ... financing consultant
Terry Hardie ... stock footage & stills
John Martin ... legal counsel
Luis Romero ... poster/web designer
Christine Towey ... production assistant
Dahlia Waingort ... financing consultant
Jordan Waltz ... researcher/archivalist

Thanks

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Deborah Frogameni ... special thanks
Colleen Gorman ... special thanks
Robert Messinger ... special thanks
Lara Pozzatto ... special thanks
Nancy Slokker ... special thanks
Jan Van Twillert ... special thanks

Production Companies

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Keywords
Taglines Never capture what you can't control. See more »
Genres
Parents Guide View content advisory »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Storyville: Blackfish (United Kingdom)
  • Der Killerwal (Germany)
  • Czarna ryba (Poland)
  • Kara Balik (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Чeрный плавник (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 83 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $75,962, 21 Jul 2013

Did You Know?

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Trivia Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow told Empire Magazine that Blackfish (2013) was a big influence on the movie. The behavior of the captive Indominus Rex, was based on Tilikum's behavior in captivity. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Blackfish: The Whale That Killed (2013). 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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