Free Willy

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Released 1993

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Director:
Simon Wincer
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG

Free Willy is the story of the mischievous Jesse (Jason James Richter), who bonds with an unruly orca named Willy (Keiko the Orca) while working on punishment for writing graffiti at a theme park. Jesse and Willy bond, and when the owner sees their chemistry, he plans to host "The Willy Show" at the park and make money from the duo. When the first show goes awry, Willy can't perform and damages his tank, and the owner gets a different plan to make money from the orca. When Willy is put in danger Jesse must find a way to save him and set him free to return to his family. This children's classic is sure to warm your heart, from the boy and whale friendship, to the hit Michael Jackson song on the soundtrack.

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  • 100

    Variety Leonard Klady

    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.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is sure to be appealing to younger viewers (they may find it more accessible and certainly less frightening than "Jurassic Park"), and it's smart enough to keep older vie...

  • 80

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    How each frees the other is the stuff of Free Willy, which is as engaging as such films can be without offering rude surprises.

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Family Dramas