In the 1960s, Richard O'Barry enjoyed a lucrative career as a specialized animal trainer; he captured the five dolphins that were used in the popular television series Flipper, and taught them the tricks and special commands they used on the show. Four decades later, O'Barry has renounced his former life as a trainer and become an animal rights activist, speaking out against the hunting of aquatic mammals and keeping them in captivity. O'Barry is not welcome in Taiji, a town along the Japanese coast where hunting dolphins is a major part of the local economy, but he and a group of activist filmmakers made their way into the city as well as the carefully guarded harbor in hopes of documenting the abuse of dolphins by fisherman and the poisoning of the waters that has taken a toll on the marine ecology. O'Barry and his colleagues captured some beautiful underwater footage as well as shocking images of how the town's fisherman have sullied the dolphins and their habitat, and director Louie Psihoyos has used this material as the basis for the documentary The Cove, which received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
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- Lions Gate
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Jim Clark||Executive Producer|
|Kelly Garry||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Charles Hambleton||Associate Producer|
|Ice Cold Milk||Animator|
|Greg Mooney||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Paula DuPre Pesman||Producer|
|Jorge Plana||Sound/Sound Designer|
|J. Ralph||Score Composer|
|Edward Thacker||Sound/Sound Designer|
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Gut-wrenching, thought provoking. If you are still ok with this after seeing the atrocities perpetrated in Taiji, then your completely inhuman.
For the record, I have no affiliation with any animal rights groups! "The Cove" is a thought provoking film that captures the horrendous act of slaying dolphins for their meat. Who would of thought that a small town in Japan, would be killing on average 23,000 dolpins a year? I've always enjoyed a good documentary, that brings to light things that in which you would normally have no idea about. The activists in "The Cove" not only want to stop the dolphin slayings in Taiga, they want to keep all dolphins out of captivity. Which is a obviously unrealistic task. In "The Cove", they throw together several experts and resources to uncover this story by covert means. In the movie you realize that they aren't harvesting the dolphin meat for necessity and according to the activists in the film, the dolpin meat is dangerously full of mercury. The majority of the population in Japan, has no idea about the dolphin harvest in Taiga. This is an eye opening film, mentally stimulating and highly recommended! The reviewers who are trashing this film are obviously bitter about something, the film isn't propaganda and it isnt a poor documentary as one reviewer says, its actually a very well put together documentary. They show you, this is the problem, these are the dangers and this is one possible solution to bring it to the world's attention.