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Free Willy (DVD)

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Genre: Children's DVDs / Theatrical Release: 1993 / Director: Simon Wincer / Actors: Keiko (II), Jason James Richter ... / DVD released 27 September, 1999 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen

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      11.01.2010 13:50
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      Great little classic film for animal-lovers.

      Main Characters:
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      Willy: Keiko
      Jesse: Jason James Richter
      Rae Lindley: Lori Pretty

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      An Orca gets trapped in a group of whalers' net, and his family cannot save him, so therefore leave him behind. He is taken away to a local amusement park and kept there in captivity.A young boy named Jesse who has been abandoned by his mother gets caught by the police, and told to do some community service. The community service is at the amusement park and Jesse befriends the Orca. The story follows the child as he trains the Orca to do many different tricks. However, some people just like to gain money, and therefore the owner of the amusement park tries to create a show in the hopes of making money for himself. Will Jesse be able to set the Orca free? Or will the amusement park owner be able to make a show out of these two friends?

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      The film has an amazing ending which will melt even the coldest of hearts. I don't want to give anything away, but this ending is a classic which everyone will recognise. It also has a moral which I like; it seems to be about people being lost and then finding out who they are, i.e. both Jesse and the Orca are abandoned and have to set out to find out who they are.

      The acting is great; especially Jason James Richter's performance as the lost Jesse. He reacts with the Orca wonderfully, and you can tell he really feels comfortable acting with him. The Orca is also wonderfully trained, yet I always feel a sense of sadness when I see him because he has a collapsed dorsal fin throughout, a sign of depression in whales.

      The scenery and total atmosphere is beautiful; you can really get a sense of sadness (as mentioned previously) when you see the way the actors interact with the whale and make sure that they treat it well.

      I think that anyone should watch this film as it is a classic, which everyone would enjoy. A real treat for all of the family!

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      07.01.2009 14:58
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      amazing film

      I will never understand when people dismiss this film as awful. I loved thisfilm soo much when i was younger and seeing it on dvd recindled my love for Keiko the whale who played Willy. This is a beautiful movie about Jesse a young boy deserted by his mum who we see at around age 8 or 9 having brushes with the law. He ends up running from the police and vadalising what he thinks is an aqaurium but turns out tobe a dolphin tank holding Willy the whale who has been torn away from his pod and sold illigally to a marine park to perform. Jesse is forced to return to the park to clean up his graphitti. He then relises the whale is not so different to him by aknowledging that the whale is doesnt enjoy human company due to the way its been treated. Jesse becomes obsessed with the whale and distinguishes a bridge of trust by playing a song on his harmnonica. Jesse and Willy become very close after we see Jesse changing his ways and opening up to the whale. In the course of the film the trust gets stronger and leads down some very emotional alleys. The film concludes with the marine park owners trying to kill willy to claim of the insurance by sabotaging his tank . Jesse proceeds to save his freind and return him to his family in the ocean.
      This is a very touching film perfect for families. One thing i really enjoyed about this film was issues in the real world that were dealt with in this film.
      Keiko the whale was freed after the films due to a worldwide effort responding to the films. It is so touching to see the documentary entitled Keiko the whale because the film is almost true. He was mistreated at an early age and moved to a tank to small for him. As a result of the film the Free willy organisation built a center intended to get Keiko strong enough to be rereleased into the wild in iceland. This worked but sadly 18 months after being released Keiko died . I see this film as testament to an amazing creature and i hope to see no more whaling no more capturing whales and dolphins at seas world. These are beautiful creatures and incredibly intelligent. There are not meant to be couped up for entertainment purposes there meant to be free
      This film is brilliant and very inspiring a must own

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      28.12.2008 13:37
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      Awesome and heart touching movie.

      FREE WILLY (1993)

      I saw that miraculous movie yesterday evening, and it was just amazing movie. This movie surprised me a lot, mostly because of that, how It's possible that It's so big friendship between a boy and a whale. It really surprised me and this movie was so great.

      A baby whale named Willy is captured and he is brought to marina, for that, other kids can come to see him. Jesse is a little boy, who is given away by his mother, and now he is trying to escape from there. But everything don't go as planned. He makes a huge mess, and now he has to clean it away. Same time, he cleans his mess, he meets Willy, the baby whale. At first, Jesse scares him and it seems that he wants to run all the time.

      After few days, between Jesse and Willy germinated big friendship and love. Jesse teach Willy to make tricks and he want's that Willy shows out his ability's. They are doing everything together every day, until one day Jesse hears something, that marina want's to do something bad with Willy.

      Overall impression of this movie is great. Movie was really interesting and I really liked the scenes, where Willy and Jesse were together and where they did something funny and interesting. It was so heart touching, and enjoyable movie.

      Characters were great, but some times, it seemed that, Willy wasn't real whale, but anyway, he was really cool. Jesse was really awesome, regardless his age. Every character gave everything what he can, and everyone had some talent.

      I really liked this movie, and It's perfect movie for kids. Every children should enjoy this movie. It's really interesting, funny and enjoyable movie for everyone. I recommend this movie to everyone.

      Overall movie rating is 9 out of 10.


      Main Cast:

      Keiko as Willy
      Jason James Richter as Jesse
      Lori Petty as Rae Lindley
      Jayne Atkinson as Annie Greenwood
      August Schellenberg as Randolph Johnson

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        12.09.2008 19:28
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        A brilliant and memorable family film

        Back in 1993 when Free Willy was first released I was a little five year old and I loved this film. Since then there have been two further films and apparently even a TV series but in my opinion nothing comes close to the original which remains to this day a childhood favourite of mine.

        The story is about a young boy, Jesse, who was abandoned by his parents and has become a bit of a trouble maker. Having a bit of fun one day with some friends he's caught vandalizing the local marina; his punishment is to clean up the mess he's created. While working at the marina Jesse meets the Orca whale, Willy, and begins an unusual friendship with him. However due to lack of profits, the owner of the marina has plans to damage Willy's tank so he can claim the insurance money. It's left to Jesse and his new friends at the marina to 'Free Willy' to the safety of the ocean.

        While the plot focuses mainly on the friendship between Jesse and Willy there is also a nice aspect of the story which shows the growing relationship between Jesse and his new Foster parents. Although it begins quite turbulently the growing affection between Jesse and his new 'parents' is very well done as he begins to integrate into his new family. There are also nice relationships developed between Jesse and the workers at the marina. Having at first offended them by vandalizing the property, the characters soon realize there's more to the young boy, a reaction which is catalyzed by his friendship with Willy.

        The young actor in the role of Jesse is Jason James Richter who I've unfortunately never seen in anything since. For a young actor he was very good in the role, I dare say re-watching today I might be a little more critical, but as a child I really didn't care how good his acting was. As a child the film was all about Jesse and Willy's friendship which was amazing to watch on screen. The scene where Jesse teaches the whale tricks for the first time is a brilliantly uplifting and fun scene but there are some darker moments too both at the marina and during the home life scenes. For adults watching the family oriented storyline is interesting and well portrayed by all involved, when I was younger it wasn't what stuck out I was too captivated by Willy, but looking back it's an important part of the movie.

        The film is a wonderful mix of fun and drama but is ultimately a very uplifting movie. The ending is perfect although for some reason totally given away by the DVD front cover which rather spoils it for first time viewers. It might be unrealistic but who cares, it's a great ending and a thoroughly enjoyable family film.

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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 of Free Willy 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