Free Willy

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Overview

The touching story of a boy and his killer whale made this family drama a surprise box office hit. Jesse Jason James Richter is a kid without parents who has bounced from one foster home to another and is living on the streets. One night, he's caught spraying graffiti with his friend Perry Michael Bacall in a theme park. Jesse and Perry are caught red handed by Dwight Mykel T. Williamson, a policeman who thinks that Jesse needs a more stable and disciplined environment. Dwight arranges for Jesse to stay with a ...
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Overview

The touching story of a boy and his killer whale made this family drama a surprise box office hit. Jesse Jason James Richter is a kid without parents who has bounced from one foster home to another and is living on the streets. One night, he's caught spraying graffiti with his friend Perry Michael Bacall in a theme park. Jesse and Perry are caught red handed by Dwight Mykel T. Williamson, a policeman who thinks that Jesse needs a more stable and disciplined environment. Dwight arranges for Jesse to stay with a new foster family, Glen and Annie Greenwood Michael Madsen and Jayne Atkinson, with whom Jesse has an initially stormy relationship. Part of Jesse's punishment involves cleaning up the damage he caused at the park, where the new attraction is Willy, a killer whale who is being trained to do tricks. However, Willy was traumatized when he was stolen from his family by mercenary fisherman and does not respond well to the genuine concern of his trainers, Rae Lori Petty and Randolph August Schellenberg. Jesse and Willy, both stranded without families in a place where they don't fit in, develop a close emotional bond, and with Jesse's help, Willy begins to display aptitude as a performer. Thanks to his friendship with Willy, Jesse develops a new sense of responsibility and a healthier relationship with the Greenwoods. However, Dial Michael Ironside, the owner of the park, doesn't much care for animals and isn't happy with the slower-than-expected progress of Willy's training; having insured the whale for $1 million dollars, he figures that Willy is worth more dead than alive, and Jesse, Rae, and Randolph have to rescue their aquatic friend and return him to the ocean when Dial seems ready to live up to his threats. Free Willy, which featured a star performance by a killer whale named Keiko who is doubled in some scenes by animatronic models included the theme song "Will You Be There," a top-ten hit for Michael Jackson, and spawned two sequels.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digital transfer; Michael Jackson will you be there? music video; A whale's tale; Whale ballet montage; A conversation with wildlife cinematographer Bob Talbot; Help free Willy with the escape the nets adventure; trailers of all 3 Free Willy movies
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
This tenth anniversary edition of one of the most popular family films of the last decade is sure to make a big splash with a new generation. Jason James Richter stars as 12-year-old Jesse, a rebellious foster child who finds a kindred misfit spirit in Willy (played by the magnificent Keiko), an orca whale who is the featured attraction at the dilapidated local theme park. Encouraged by the sympathetic trainer (Lori Petty) and the park's handyman (August Schellenberg), Jesse and Willy form a bond, and Jesse becomes the whale's trainer. But when the greedy park owner (Michael Ironside) decides that Willy, like George Bailey, is worth more dead than alive, Jesse races against time to rescue his newfound friend and return him to the ocean. A whale of a tale, this film launched a real-life "Free Willy" crusade for Keiko, who was rescued from his own deplorable living conditions in captivity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • UPC: 883929117222
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen / Includes book / Dubbed
  • Time: 3:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,686

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason James Richter Jesse
Jayne Atkinson Annie Greenwood
Lori Petty Rae Lindley
August Schellenberg Randolph Johnson
Michael Madsen Glen Greenwood
Michael Ironside Dial
Richard Riehle Wade
Mykelti Williamson Dwight Mercer
Michael Bacall Perry
Danielle Harris Gwenie
Lynda Gordon
Judy Taylor
Tom Lasswell Brody
Keiko the Killer Whale Willy
Betsy Toll Passerby 1
Technical Credits
Simon Wincer Director
Tom Benedek Screenwriter
Corey Blechman Screenwriter
O. Nicholas Brown Editor
Charles Butcher Art Director
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Richard Donner Executive Producer, Producer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Penelope L. Foster Co-producer
Harold L. Fuhrman Set Decoration/Design
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Doug Merrifield Associate Producer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Pete Romano Cinematographer
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Lauren Shuler-Donner Producer
Charles Skouras III Production Designer
Richard Solomon Co-producer
Jennie Lew Tugend Producer
Harry Tugend Producer
Jim Van Wyck Asst. Director, Co-producer
Keith A. Walker Original Story, Screenwriter
Tom Ward Special Effects
Pamela Westmore Makeup
Diane Yates Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Free Willy
1. Opening Ballet [2:32]
2. Willy's Capture [2:48]
3. Scavengers [3:16]
4. Jesse's Capture [2:44]
5. A Few Chances [2:04]
6. The Greenwoods [3:41]
7. Report to Randolph [2:34]
8. Special Cases [4:24]
9. Rules [2:38]
10. Music Hath Charms [3:46]
11. You Saved My Life [2:29]
12. Maybe He Sees You [2:54]
13. Botched Exam [2:42]
14. Perry; Soulmates [6:36]
15. Partnered With Rae [3:13]
16. Story of Natsalane [3:04]
17. Crowing Friendship [3:53]
18. Whammo! A Miss [4:55]
19. Bye to Major Stuff [2:45]
20. Audition For Dial [3:49]
21. Stage Fright [6:11]
22. Alone [2:30]
23. Unpredictable [1:23]
24. Family Ties [3:27]
25. "Let's Free Willy" [2:53]
26. Out of the Tank [3:37]
27. Transportation [2:35]
28. Old Forest Road [2:27]
29. Help From Glen [3:36]
30. Nice Whale [1:11]
31. At Water's Edge [2:59]
32. Cornered Again [1:38]
33. "I Believe In You" [2:59]
34. Families Head Home [1:20]
Disc #1, Side B -- Free Willy
1. Opening Ballet [2:32]
2. Willy's Capture [2:48]
3. Scavengers [3:16]
4. Jesse's Capture [2:44]
5. A Few Chances [2:04]
6. The Greenwoods [3:41]
7. Report to Randolph [2:34]
8. Special Cases [4:24]
9. Rules [2:38]
10. Music Hath Charms [3:46]
11. You Saved My Life [2:29]
12. Maybe He Sees You [2:54]
13. Botched Exam [2:42]
14. Perry; Soulmates [6:36]
15. Partnered With Rae [3:13]
16. Story of Natsalane [3:04]
17. Crowing Friendship [3:53]
18. Whammo! A Miss [4:55]
19. Bye to Major Stuff [2:45]
20. Audition For Dial [3:49]
21. Stage Fright [6:11]
22. Alone [2:30]
23. Unpredictable [1:23]
24. Family Ties [3:27]
25. "Let's Free Willy" [2:53]
26. Out of the Tank [3:37]
27. Transportation [2:35]
28. Old Forest Road [2:27]
29. Help From Glen [3:36]
30. Nice Whale [1:11]
31. At Water's Edge [2:59]
32. Cornered Again [1:38]
33. "I Believe In You" [2:59]
34. Families Head Home [1:20]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Free Willy
   Jump to a Scene
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Jason James Richter/Jesse
         Lori Petty/Rae Lindley
         Jayne Atkinson/Annie Greenwood
         August Schellenberg/Randolph Johnson
         Michael Madsen/Glen Greenwood
         Michael Ironside/Dial
         Produced By Jennie Lew Tugend
         Produced By Lauren Shuler-Donner
         Directed By Simon Wincer
      Willy
      Jesse
      A Very Big Star is Born!
      Boy Meets Whale!
      A Tale of Two Sea Lions
      Keiko's "Stunt Double"
      The Artistry of Bob Talbot
      Location, Location, Location
      Keiko Update
      Theatrical Trailers
         Free Willy (1993)
         Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)
         Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
   Recommendations
Disc #1, Side B -- Free Willy
   Jump to a Scene
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Jason James Richter/Jesse
         Lori Petty/Rae Lindley
         Jayne Atkinson/Annie Greenwood
         August Schellenberg/Randolph Johnson
         Michael Madsen/Glen Greenwood
         Michael Ironside/Dial
         Produced By Jennie Lew Tugend
         Produced By Lauren Shuler-Donner
         Directed By Simon Wincer
      Willy
      Jesse
      A Very Big Star is Born!
      Boy Meets Whale!
      A Tale of Two Sea Lions
      Keiko's "Stunt Double"
      The Artistry of Bob Talbot
      Location, Location, Location
      Keiko Update
      Theatrical Trailers
         Free Willy (1993)
         Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)
         Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
   Recommendations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It made me cry

    I am a sensitive man and I wear my heart on my sleeve and I have no problem admitting to the world that this movie made me cry for two weeks straight. I couldn't go to work, I couldn't eat, I could barely drink. I cannot watch the second in fear that I will cry again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I just loved it!

    Jesse is a young boy orpahned by his mother at a young age. He constantly runs away from the foster homes. He has high hopes of finding his mom. Willy is a killer whale separated from his family by a commercial enterprise interested in using him as a tourist attraction. When Jesse is made to clean up a grafffiti mess he made, he and Willy meet. Both have something in common; they are away from their true families. This fact brings these two together in a thrilling story of how a boy can find good companionship in a whale. I found this movie to be both exhilarating and heart warming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an Excellent movie you have to see

    Free Willy(1993) I think this is a great movie for young adults and children. Jason James Richer played a 12 year old named Jesse. Simon Wincer, the director, did a great job putting together Free Willy. The plot of this movie is about a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners. The boy risks everything is an effort to try to free the whale. The moral of this movie was so that we all need to help kids that struggle with learning and struggle with their home life. Like Jesse everyone needs to know how to make friends and be loved by things other than humans. Free Willy was rated PG, and first appeared in theaters in 1993. This movie has made a difference in my life as a little girl growing up. I didn't like people a lot and now it’s easy for me to make friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2001

    So touching!

    This film was so touching about a boy and a whale, who are both motherless, and it really lifts my spirits and moves me when Jesse (the boy) trains Willy and later frees him into the waters of the Pacific. Very delightful, charming, and heartfelt!

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