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PG| 1 hr. 51 min.

Plot Summary
When maladjusted orphan Jesse (Jason James Richter) vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, with the help of kindly whale trainer Rae Lindley (Lori Petty), develop a routine of tricks. However, greedy park owner Dial (Michael Ironside) soon catches wind of the duo and makes plans to profit from them.

Cast: Jason James Richter , Lori Petty , Jayne Atkinson , Michael Madsen , Michael Ironside , Richard Riehle , August Schellenberg , Mykelti Williamson

Director: Simon Wincer

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Free Willy (1993)

Release Date: May 16th, 1984|1 hr. 51 min.

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  • The film does what it can to dramatize the bond, but Richter has a disproportionate acting load because his co-star's emoting is below the water line. Happily, he carries it. [16 Jul 1993 Pg. 08.D] show more

  • Free Willy (for some strange reason, that tiny imperative just gives me the giggles) is a family picture that stays safely within the haven of a cozy formula, yet does a whole lot of inventive work in the process. show more

  • 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 viewers involved, too. show more

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'Free Willy' Cast: Where Are They Now?

Posted by
Gary Susman on Jul 19th, 2013 9:00AM

Alamy It's been 20 years since "Free Willy" first surfaced in theaters, on July 16, 1993. The family film made a huge splash, earning $153.7 million at the box office, transforming newcomer Jason ...

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