Free Willy 3: The Rescue

Free Willy 3: The Rescue

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Director: Sam Pillsbury

Cast: Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Annie Corley

     
 

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In the third installment in the Free Willy series, Jesse (Jason James Richter), the once-troubled youth whose life was changed by his friendship with the killer whale Willy, is spending the summer on board a ship assisting a group a whale researchers, including his old friend Randolph (August Schellenberg), and Drew (Annie Corley), an oceanographer. Jesse onceSee more details below

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In the third installment in the Free Willy series, Jesse (Jason James Richter), the once-troubled youth whose life was changed by his friendship with the killer whale Willy, is spending the summer on board a ship assisting a group a whale researchers, including his old friend Randolph (August Schellenberg), and Drew (Annie Corley), an oceanographer. Jesse once used a harmonica to communicate with Willy, and when he plays his mouth harp through the ship's underwater sound system, he is able to find his old friend, who is now raising a family of his own. As Jesse, Randolph, and Drew are out to study and assist the whales, a ten-year-old boy named Max (Vincent Berry) is accompanying his father John Wesley (Patrick Kilpatrick) on the fishing boat that John helps to run. Max soon discovers that John and the crew are not fishing for salmon, as he believed, but killer whales, which is illegal, but very profitable, as whale meat fetches $200 a pound on the black market. Jesse meets Max on shore, and when Jesse learns what John and his crew are up to, he tries to teach Max that while his father may not be a bad man, he's doing a very bad thing in killing the whales, who are intelligent, compassionate, and deserve the right to live; Jesse also acts to save Willy and his family from John and his fellow poachers. As in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Free Willy 3: The Rescue used mechanical and animated whales rather than flesh-and-blood aquatic mammals.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Jason James Richter has really grown into the role of Jesse, whose life was turned around by his friendship with Willy, the Lassie of orca whales. The third time's the charm in this second sequel in the Free Willy saga. Jesse is an intern on a whale study vessel investigating the decline in the killer whale population. He is reunited with Willy, who is about to become a father. But at the heart of this film is not Jason and Willy's enduring friendship but the moral dilemma that threatens to divide the captain of an illicit whaling boat and his 11-year-old son, Max (Vincent Berry). Max, after meeting Jesse and Willy (who saves the boy after he falls overboard), begins to ask his father uncomfortable questions about his livelihood. This film is clearly on the side of the whales, but to its credit, it does not make the captain into a shallow villain; he is a loving father who defends his right "to earn a living." The breathtaking scenery, underwater photography, and orca antics enhance this wildlife adventure.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
UPC:
0883929119981
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
53,754

Special Features

Closed Caption; A fun, up-close look at orcas; Trailers of all 3 Free Willy movies

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason James Richter Jessie
August Schellenberg Randolph Johnson
Annie Corley Drew
Vincent Berry Max Wesley
Patrick Kilpatrick John Wesley
Tasha Simms Mary Wesley
Peter Lacroix Sanderson
Stephen E. Miller Dineen
Ian Tracey Kron
Matthew Walker Capt. Drake

Technical Credits
Sam Pillsbury Director
Lynne Carrow Casting
Walt Conti Special Effects Supervisor
Bob Dahlin Asst. Director
Richard Donner Executive Producer
Cliff Eidelman Score Composer
Margie Goodspeed Editor
Maya Mani Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Marshall Co-producer
John Mattson Screenwriter
Douglasann Menchions Art Director
Doug Merrifield Co-producer
Arnon Milchan Co-producer
Rick Patton Sound/Sound Designer
Tobias Schliessler Cinematographer
Lauren Shuler-Donner Executive Producer
Judy Taylor Casting
Brent Thomas Production Designer
Jennie Lew Tugend Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Free Willy 3: The Rescue
1. Max on the Move (Credits) [3:41]
2. Jesse's New Job [2:32]
3. Gone Fishin' [2:47]
4. Personal Questions [2:00]
5. Whale Hunt [3:32]
6. Close Encounter [3:19]
7. Night Visitor [6:38]
8. Willy and Nicky [6:27]
9. Max Takes Aim [2:57]
10. Willy's Warning [3:31]
11. God's Work? [2:32]
12. Jesse Meets Max [3:16]
13. "My Friends Are Whales" [2:31]
14. Introductions [6:35]
15. Tag-Team Undercoer Work [1:57]
16. Randolph's Decision [4:48]
17. Getting in Trouble [3:32]
18. Right Thing to Do [3:10]
19. Max's Decision [3:34]
20. Collision Course [2:26]
21. Willy's Humanity [5:22]
22. Circle of Life [4:27]
23. End Credits [3:43]

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