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Free Willy [DVD] [1993]

Jason James Richter , Lori Petty , Simon Wincer    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen, Jayne Atkinson, August Schellenberg
  • Directors: Simon Wincer
  • Writers: Corey Blechman, Keith Walker
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Douglas C. Merrifield, Jennie Lew Tugend, Jim Van Wyck, Lauren Shuler Donner
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 1999
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZEN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Some of us will never understand why this boy-and-his-whale tale became the hit family film of 1993 and one of the bestselling videos of all time. But it is easy to see how clever marketing and a tear-jerking story could touch the hearts of kids and parents the world over, especially because the endangered Orca whale named Willy is such a majestic creature. The story of Free Willy couldn't be more conventional--it's like Old Yeller and The Black Stallion with a big sea mammal--but as the boy who comes to Willy's aid against the whale's exploitative owner, young Jason James Richter gives an appealing performance with which children can readily identify. After two sequels and an animated television series, this popular film also had a happy real-life ending: Keiko the whale (who plays Willy) recovered from failing health and was gradually trained to survive outside of captivity. --Jeff Shannon

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trovato lavoro in un acquario, un ragazzino fa amicizia con un'orca, sfruttata da un avido impresario e le restituisce la liberta'. il film ha avuto vari seguiti

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale For People of All Ages 16 Mar 2004
Free Willy is a story about people who are lost, eventually finding themselves. There are three characters that seem to do this in the film, Willy the whale, Jesse and Jesse’s adoptive father, Glen. The film opens with a spectacular display of whale cinematography accompanied by a theme tune that does not do the footage justice. The opening of the film also lets the audience see a younger whale being trapped by whale hunters. This scene angered me because of the atrocity I was witnessing, knowing that this type of thing does happen and it may do the same with some other viewers. We, as an audience, are then introduced to Jesse, a boy who has lost his parents and lives on the streets. It is not long before the police catch up with him and he is placed in the care of an initially willing couple. The relationship does not start stunningly, with Jesse being extremely reluctant to engage anyone in any type of communication.
Having put graffiti all round Willy’s tank, Jesse is sent to clean it up. Through his constant attention to Willy and love of the harmonica, he finally develops a relationship with the whale. He is then employed to teach Willy a show to perform to the public. The relationship with his adoptive parents hits the rocks again when, at the top of his voice, Glen admits to his wife that he was happier without Jesse. Jesse reacts as you would expect and throws a baseball out of the window, but it is not long before the problem is resolved.
Eventually, Jesse pulls of a successful performance to the money-hungry businessmen, which lands him a public performance. However, a dramatic turn of events leaves Willy feeling scared and reluctant to perform. This scene is very powerful and has viewers of all ages biting their nails with anticipation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film For All Ages! 15 Jun 2004
When i watched this film recently for the first time i saw straight away why this film has become such a huge success over the years, and was the biggest film of 1993. I think that one reason that it was so successful, especially with family audiences, is because of Willy. You can immediately warm to him and understand his feelings of solitude and isolation.
When Jesse an boy abandoned by his parents at birth becomes in trouble with the police, he is send to live with a pair of willing foster parents. While there he is made to clean up the graffiti that he sprayed all over a huge whale tank at the local fairground and befriends the creature inside it, Willy. He eventually lands himself a job in training the whale for public shows as Will will not take any notice of anyone else. He convinces the bosses of the fairground and as the public flood in to watch the show, Will becomes frightened and refuses to perform.
When the bosses realise that the whale they brought is absolutely worthless, they decide to cash in on the insurance money for Willy, which happenes to one million dollars. Luckily Jesse is there visiting Willy when they come to release the water from the tank and calls on the help of Randolph and his side kick who are in charge of training Willy. They plan to take Willy to the coast, and release him back into the ocean to be with his family, however when the bosses realise, they are determined to stop them and claim back their whale.
I see this film to be about change, people being lost and finding out who they really are. This happens maily to Jesse as he goes from being a rather selfish boy to somone who you might like to take home with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Films 12 Jan 2014
Been watching the three willys the films over the last few weeks.
I give them

willy 1 7 out of 10
willy 2 5 out of 10
willy 3 5 out of 10

These are great films for all the family to enjoy.
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tbh I couldnt remember this film from when I was younger, wry it was boring cheesy etc.. as my youngest and eldest can be bit tricky with films.. my middle son put it on just as I was about to leave room to return. straight away eldest and youngest were grumbling this looks boring, rubbish etc.

well straight away the scenery the picture quality colours etc were amazing everyone went deadly quiet including me that became stuck on the spot we were all hypnotized by it, was bit sad bit tense but overall fab film.. we all enjoyed all watched no one got up to leave aka eldest after groaning yuck cheesy or boring or sighing then leaving to his room quarter or half way or 3/4 way through as normally does with some films nope stayed til end.. so from us all we say yes def get it and watch it..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful! 5 Nov 2013
Free Willy is a very powerful movie! To be honest after watching this movie, in made me think twice about going to Sea World in Florida, now I'm not saying they were cruel to Shamoo or anything like that, because they weren't but it made me realize the impact it had on Killer Whales and that in theory they are taken away from there family for the sake of entertainment. I did cry watching this film, I had a real sense of empathy for Willy, I know obviously no Whales were harmed during filming and that they actually helped to free the whale in real life.

At the same time it's truly inspiring, the effect one lad can have on an animal, they had an understanding for one another, I'm a firm believer that an animal can feel what humans are feeling just as much as we get sad when we see Animal cruelty going on. I'd really go in watching this film with an open mind, it's obviously done to touch people, and to make more people aware of saving Killer Whales etc. It's a really lovely movie, I think Killer Whales are beautiful creatures and have every right to be here as much as we do.

It's an all time classic film, give it a go and get the tissues ready!
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5.0 out of 5 stars super nice
very good, i like that, really good, supper cool, funy, really really good., so nice, love taht really. super, super.
Published 8 months ago by Sandro Sousa De Oliveira
4.0 out of 5 stars Another birthday present!
Will probably amuse my 3 yr. old grand-daughter for a few years! Good for some shared leisure time together - hopefully!
Published 11 months ago by Tys
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
Years ago my Grandaughter had the Free Willy video and we used to sit and watch it all the time.
Wanted a present for a little girl I babysat for and knew she would love... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sue
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok but not a really good film
free willy

3/10 not really good to watch

i was not happy with the first one.
the film did not really show much about that ORCA so really i am very... Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Tyler Gunderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
I bought this for my 2 year old for Easter (I knew he'd get lots of chocolate!) He loves it, he has seen it about 30 times easily since we gave it to him. Read more
Published on 3 May 2012 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars FREE WILLY
Published on 11 July 2011 by June Rough
4.0 out of 5 stars good old style family entertainment
Story of a troubled boy befriending a killer whale. Its a little dated but the sentiment was not lost on my 5 year old. Even my 13 year old enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 15 April 2011 by Aileen
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutley brilliant
I thought this film is absoutly amazing and I have deffinetly seen it over 100 times. Iknow all the words off by heart and am proud to say that it is one of the best films ever. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars free willy
a good film for the kids to watch and a bit sad also but good
Published on 8 Dec 2009 by Ms. Yj Mcghie
1.0 out of 5 stars More Fishy Propaganda
I liked this film so much I bought the belt buckle but ended up getting unexpected attention in the trouser department from people misunderstanding the message. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2008 by Ramsey Tupper - Raven's Foot
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