Namu: My Best Friend

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Released 1966

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Namu: My Best Friend

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Released:
1966
Rating:
PG
Namu: My Best Friend is a heartwarming family tale about a scientist that befriends a killer whale and nurses it back to health. A gigantic killer whale, shot by fisherman Joe Clausen (John Anderson), is left to die in a cove of the shore of one of the San Juan islands. And although they are considered to be deadly and ferocious animals, oceanographer Hank Donner (Robert Lansing) takes it upon himself to nurse the giant animal back to health. While the whale, whom Donner names Namu, recovers, he studies its behavior, and realizes the inappropriately named killer whales are highly intelligence, peaceful creatures, and the oceanographer develops a friendship with the gentle giant. But not everyone is as quick to trust Donner's findings, and when a group of local fishermen, led by Clausen, catch wind of the news that Namu is alive, they set out to kill the animal once and for all, leaving it up to Donner to save the life of his friend. Laslo Benedek directs this touching family film that serves to dispel many myths about killer whales' violent perception.moreless
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    Classics, Animals, Pets & Nature, Pre-Teens