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Some of us will never understand why this boy-and-his-whale tale became the hit family film of 1993 and one of the bestselling videos of all time. But it is easy to see how clever marketing and a tear- jerking story could touch the hearts of kids and parents the world over, especially because the endangered Orca whale named Willy is such a majestic creature. The story couldn't be more conventional--it's like Old Yeller and The Black Stallion with a big sea mammal--but as the boy who comes to Willy's aid against the whale's exploitative owner, young Jason James Richter gives an appealing performance with which children can readily identify. After two sequels and an animated television series, this popular film also had a happy real-life ending: Keiko the whale (who plays Willy) recovered from failing health and was gradually trained to survive outside of captivity. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Jason James RichterJesse
Lori PettyRae Lindley
Jayne AtkinsonAnnie Greenwood
August SchellenbergRandolph Johnson
Michael MadsenGlen Greenwood
Michael IronsideDial
Richard RiehleWade
Mykelti WilliamsonDwight Mercer
Michael BacallPerry
Danielle HarrisGwenie

  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Simon Wincer
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 112 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 16, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropeU
    AustraliaG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 5, 2001
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