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Orca (1977)

A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Luciano Vincenzoni (story and screenplay), Sergio Donati

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Harris ... Captain Nolan
Charlotte Rampling ... Rachel Bedford
Will Sampson ... Umilak
Bo Derek ... Annie
Keenan Wynn ... Novak
Robert Carradine ... Ken
Scott Walker ... Al Swain
Peter Hooten ... Paul
Wayne Heffley ... Priest
Vincent Gentile Vincent Gentile ... Gas Station Attendant
Don 'Red' Barry ... Dock Worker
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Storyline

After witnessing his mate and child's death from Nolan's hands, Orca, the killer whale, goes on a rampage in the fishermen's harbor. Under the villagers' pressure, Nolan, Rachel and an Indian sail after the great beast, who will bring them on his own turf. Written by M Lalonde

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Orca - the killer whale, is one of the most intelligent creatures in the universe. Incredibly, he is the only animal other than man who kills for revenge. He has one mate, and if she is harmed by man, he will hunt down that person with a relentless, terrible vengeance - across seas, across time, across all obstacles. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killer Whale See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,717,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,717,854
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to website Wikipedia, "Producer Luciano Vincenzoni was first assigned to give the film a head start after being called by Dino De Laurentiis in the middle of the night in 1975. Upon admitting that he had watched Jaws (1975), Vincenzoni was instructed by de Laurentiis to 'find a fish tougher and more terrible than the great white'. Having had little interest in sea life beforehand, Vincenzoni was directed to Killer Whales by his brother Adriano, who had a personal interest in zoology. Filming took place largely in Newfoundland during the fishing season. Most filming took place in the town of Petty Harbour, about fifteen kilometers south of the capital city, St. John's." See more »

Goofs

Whales and dolphins don't breathe automatically like humans do. They sleep with half of their brain at a time because they need to come to the surface to breathe. If someone really tranquilized an orca like Nolan did with the needle in the harpoon, both halves of its brain would be asleep at the same time, and it would stop breathing and drown. See more »

Quotes

Rachel: He deliberately left you your boat because he wants to fight you alone on the sea.
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Alternate Versions

Network TV version had at least one additional scene where Nolan (Richard Harris) visits Annie (Bo Derek) at the hospital, after her leg was bitten off. See more »

Connections

References Jaws (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

My Love, We Are One
Performed by Carol Connors
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Carol Connors
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User Reviews

Dramatizes, separate and combined feelings of man and whale.
15 October 2000 | by rainiacSee all my reviews

The very beginning of this movie displays the peace, beauty, and greatness of Killer Whales. A person is saved from the jaws of a shark, by the mercy and strength of one of these whales. The event is witnessed by an ocean hunter, who decides to change his choice of prey to these great beasts. He eventually harpoons one allright, but what he thought would be a simple kill turns out to be something closer to murder! This is a "ONE OF A KIND" movie, that I think delivers "not bad" , for its' time. Unusually, artistic soundtrack. A must see for movie lovers.


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