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The Cove

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/2009
UPC: 0031398115700
Original Release: 2009
Rating: PG-13
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 37,044

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Louie Psihoyos and producer Fisher Stevens; Mercury documentary: "The Cove: Mercury Rising"; Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes videos; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard O'Barry Participant
Simon Hutchins Participant
Mandy-Rae Cruickshank Participant
Kirk Krack Participant
David Rastovich Participant
Scott Baker Participant
Louie Psihoyos Participant
Greg Mooney Participant

Technical Credits
Louie Psihoyos Director
Olivia Ahneman Co-producer
Brook Aitken Cinematographer
Damon Ciarelli Animator
Jim Clark Executive Producer
Kelly Garry Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Hambleton Associate Producer
Ice Cold Milk Animator
Mark Monroe Screenwriter
Greg Mooney Sound/Sound Designer
Paula DuPre Pesman Producer
Jorge Plana Sound/Sound Designer
J. Ralph Score Composer
Geoffrey Richman Editor
Fisher Stevens Producer
Edward Thacker Sound/Sound Designer
Boo Wong Animator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Cove
1. Tip of the Iceberg [6:34]
2. Activist [8:15]
3. Classic Drive [5:48]
4. IWC [8:11]
5. The Team [6:15]
6. Same Trails [7:21]
7. Dolphin Food [6:45]
8. Reconnaissance [7:58]
9. Talk to Each Other [11:32]
10. Whaling Business [3:54]
11. Full Orchestra [8:32]
12. Stop Them [10:07]

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The Cove 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HSRHS More than 1 year ago
Gut-wrenching, thought provoking. If you are still ok with this after seeing the atrocities perpetrated in Taiji, then your completely inhuman.
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SavageBS More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago