• The Cove (2009)

The Cove

Release Date: July 31st, 2009

DVD Release Date: December 8th, 2009

PG-13 |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the "Flipper" TV series, joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to expose the brutal practice, risking life and limb in the process.

Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Isabel Lucas, Louie Psihoyos

Director: Louie Psihoyos

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Diamond Docs

Keywords: Emotional, Rousing, Quest, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The film makes its case graphically, to say the least, yet muddies its bloody waters with an excess of artifice and a dearth of facts. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Shot rivetingly by cinematographer Brooke Aitken, who combines digital, night-vision and thermal-imaging formats into a formidable package, the footage is edited tautly by Geoffrey Richman and enhanced measurably by J. Ralph's suspenseful score. show more

  • 85
    Bob MondelloNPR

    Psihoyos describes his troops as a kind of "Ocean's 11" team, and that's apt enough: He's making a real-life action caper, a heist with potential consequences in the real world. The buildup to getting the shots they want has a good deal of natural tension. And the payoff -- well, let's just say it's devastating. show more

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Winner Documentary (Feature)