Orca

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Another big-budget monster movie from producer Dino de Laurentiis, Orca concerns the mutual revenge pact between an obsessive whaler Richard Harris and an angry killer whale, whose pregnant mate Harris killed. The whale strikes back by biting off Bo Derek's leg, so Harris and concerned biologist Charlotte Rampling follow it to frozen northern waters for the climactic showdown. Just in case you like Jaws better than Moby Dick, there's a killer shark thrown in for good measure. Ponderous, pretentious, and dull, ...
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Another big-budget monster movie from producer Dino de Laurentiis, Orca concerns the mutual revenge pact between an obsessive whaler Richard Harris and an angry killer whale, whose pregnant mate Harris killed. The whale strikes back by biting off Bo Derek's leg, so Harris and concerned biologist Charlotte Rampling follow it to frozen northern waters for the climactic showdown. Just in case you like Jaws better than Moby Dick, there's a killer shark thrown in for good measure. Ponderous, pretentious, and dull, this opportunistic disaster fittingly sank at the box office.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Of all the man vs. animal flicks out there, not many come close to matching the sheer absurdity of Orca: The Killer Whale. Hot on the heels of Jaws's immense success, this killer-whale opus updates the Moby Dick mythos and turns the celebrated tale on its ear while hyping up the idiotic psychic link between Richard Harris' Ahab character and the pissed off water-bound mammal. Over-the-top imagery is pushed at the viewer from the fourth minute on, as a great white shark surrounds a boat only to be bonked to death by Orca, who's soon to be a grieving whale widower hell-bent on kicking some Irish thespian butt. As his revenging rampage rolls along, Orca chomps limbs and destroys everything from a fleet of fishing vessels to an entire house and even an oil refinery. There are plenty of deaths before the big showdown at the end, where Harris and the roaring Orca take still pictures of each other with their eyes and face off one last time. As one can tell, it's all pretty silly stuff and only for the connoisseurs of schlock cinema, who will no doubt eat up the proceedings like the pure junk seafood it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 032429068873
  • Original Release: 1977
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Harris Nolan
Charlotte Rampling Rachel
Will Sampson Umilak
Bo Derek Annie
Keenan Wynn Novak
Robert Carradine Ken
Scott Walker Swain
Peter Hooten Paul
Wayne Heffley Priest
Vincent Gentile Gas Station Attendant
Don "Red" Barry Dock Worker
Technical Credits
Michael Anderson Director
John Bloom Editor
John Bramall Sound/Sound Designer
Carol Conners Songwriter
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Dino de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Sergio Donati Screenwriter
Vittorio Dragonetti Cinematographer
Mario Garbuglia Production Designer
Ferdinando Giovannoni Art Director
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Jost Jakob Costumes/Costume Designer
Boris Juraga Art Director
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Philippe Pickford Costumes/Costume Designer
Marion Rothman Editor
Armando Scarano Set Decoration/Design
Neville Smallwood Makeup
Luciano Vincenzoni Producer, Screenwriter
Alex C. Weldon Special Effects
Ralph Winters Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Mates of the Sea [3:25]
2. Shark Attack [5:42]
3. A Fellow Creature [12:10]
4. The Seed of Vengeance [6:40]
5. He Followed You [8:56]
6. The North Point [8:11]
7. Nocturnal Destruction [8:35]
8. The Monster's Message [11:50]
9. In the Whale's Wake [7:01]
10. Ice Cuts Both Ways [7:48]
11. Last Conflict [12:01]
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Side #1 --
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   Set Up
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    A whales lovers movie!

    From the very first scene you can note the scent of this movie: orcas are very smart. This is a movie that involves you in the pain of an orca, that have lossed his family. The special effects are OK. I mean much, much better than Jaws.

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