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Blackfish (2013)

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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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John Hargrove ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Samantha Berg ...
Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Mark Simmons ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
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Herself
Dean Gomersall ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
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Himself (archive footage)
Shamu ...
Himself (archive footage)
Carol Ray ...
Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
John Jett ...
Himself - Fomer SeaWorld Trainer
Dawn Brancheau ...
Herself - SeaWorld Trainer (archive footage)
Jeffrey Ventre ...
Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Thomas Tobin ...
Himself
Dave Duffus ...
Himself - OSHA Expert Witness, Whale Researcher
Jim Payne ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. Written by Anonymous

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Never capture what you can't control.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 2013 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

Blackfish - Egy kardszárnyú delfin története  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$75,962 (USA) (19 July 2013)

Gross:

$2,063,312 (USA) (11 October 2013)
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In late 2015, Seaworld announced they would be ending their orca shows in 2016, and replacing them with attractions that promote conservation the following year. This has been widely panned and is viewed as a PR stunt by animal rights groups, as Seaworld will continue to breed the animals and keep them in captivity. Because they refuse to end their breeding program, Seaworld's proposed "Project Blue World" was denied the necessary permission to expand their park in San Diego. See more »

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Howard Garrett - Orca Researcher: There is no record of an orca doing any harm to a human in the wild.
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Referenced in BoJack Horseman: Fish Out of Water (2016) See more »

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The human inhumanity

Let's go to the theme park to see the Orcas. Playful, interacting with their trainers who swim with them carefree it is a guaranteed spectacle and fun time.

Do we ever consider, that these intelligent creatures spent a lifetime enclosed in a large bathtub so that we can be entertained? Imagine going to see a show of children ballerinas knowing that those children spent their entire lives locked up in a room when not performing. Would anyone stand for this? Surely not, I would hope.

This riveting and didactic documentary explores the owner's attitudes when occasionally those animals flip out and act in an aggressive way. It is always the trainers fault, or the bad manners of the animals. In fact, it appears that those who run those theme parks have gone out of their way to hide the truth which is those who work with killer whales are in great risk.

The death of a long-time and renowned trainer brought the issue to the surface where enquiries had to be made.

We might be better informed about the risks involved but the rather lax legislature regarding animal rights allows these companies to still operate and oppress animals in an inhuman way.

Well made and runs high on emotion, it will make the viewer contemplate on the scale of human tyrannism.


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