Free Willy

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Audiences around the world were touched by this story of a troubled boy and the captive Orca whale he befriends. Now experience the friendship, adventure and fun with this 10th Anniversary Special Edition!
Captured at sea and confined in a small tank at an aquatic park, Willy (Keiko the Orca whale) is an unhappy and unpredictable attraction. No one understands Willy-except a scruffy street kid named Jesse (Jason James Richter)-who knows what it's like to be without a family. Together these two form a special bond...one so strong that they're willing to risk it all to find a way home!

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40212172
UPC 085392415922
UPC 14 00085392415922
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Animal Heroes
Family (General)
Family Interaction
Friends
Kids Adventure
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Jesse, a homeless orphan who spends his days evading the police, finally gets caught spray painting a whale tank at a local park. Because he distrusts adults intensely, Jesse's not too happy when authorities place him in a foster home and sentence him to clean up the tank he vandalized. Unexpectedly, Willy, the whale who inhabits the tank, takes a liking to Jesse, and the animal and child develop a bond -- a bond that also helps Jesse open up to the adults in his life, including his new parents and the whale's caretakers. But then Jesse learns that Dial, who owns the park, only wants to keep Willy if he can be trained to perform for an audience. Can the boy find a way to save his beloved whale before Dial plays some dirty tricks of his own?
Plot Summary
Summary Jesse, a homeless orphan who spends his days evading the police, finally gets caught spray painting a whale tank at a local park. Because he distrusts adults intensely, Jesse's not too happy when authorities place him in a foster home and sentence him to clean up the tank he vandalized.| Unexpectedly, Willy, the whale who inhabits the tank, takes a liking to Jesse, and the animal and child develop a bond -- a bond that also helps Jesse open up to the adults in his life, including his new parents and the whale's caretakers.| But then Jesse learns that Dial, who owns the park, only wants to keep Willy if he can be trained to perform for an audience. Can the boy find a way to save his beloved whale before Dial plays some dirty tricks of his own?
Reviews
New York Times "...Sweet-natured....Nicely acted by [Richter] and by his older associates..." 07/16/1993 p.C12
Variety "...An exhilarating drama....An astute, intelligent family picture, the film is a potent reminder that you can have your heart in the right place and still produce a gripping, satisfying entertainment..." 07/19/1993
Directors
Simon Wincer
Actors
Jason James Richter
Cast & Crew
Arnon Milchan - Executive Producer
August Schellenberg - Actor
Basil Poledouris - Musical Score
Corey Blechman - Screenplay
Jason James Richter - Actor
Jayne Atkinson - Actor
Keith A. Walker - Based on Story By
Keith A. Walker - Screenplay
Lori Petty - Actor
Michael Ironside - Actor
Michael Madsen - Actor
Mykelti Williamson - Actor
Richard Donner - Executive Producer
Robbie Greenberg - Director of Photography
Simon Wincer - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 24159
UPC 00085392415922
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
MTV Award (1994) Michael Jackson, Winner, Best Movie Song,Jason James Richter, Nominee, Best Breakthrough Performance,Willy, Nominee, Best Kiss
Reviews
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review It sounds like it won't add up to much--a boy, a whale and a G-rated movie. But Free Willy is
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Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review This is one of those unusual films that is capable of enthralling those under twelve while not sendi
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun Times
Review Free Willy has a kind of gentle sweetness that I found very appealing. It is about change - a
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Music Video
Product Attributes
Actor Richter,Jason James
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Bob Campbell, Newhouse News Service The most rousing family adventure since E.T.
Joel Siegel, Good Morning Amerca Pure magic. You will cheer.
WOR Radio Willy will win your heart.

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