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Orca (1977)

A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Luciano Vincenzoni (story and screenplay), Sergio Donati

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Harris ... Captain Nolan
Charlotte Rampling ... Rachel Bedford
Will Sampson ... Umilak
Bo Derek ... Annie
Keenan Wynn ... Novak
Robert Carradine ... Ken
Scott Walker ... Al Swain
Peter Hooten ... Paul
Wayne Heffley ... Priest
Vincent Gentile Vincent Gentile ... Gas Station Attendant
Don 'Red' Barry ... Dock Worker
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Storyline

After witnessing his mate and child's death from Nolan's hands, Orca, the killer whale, goes on a rampage in the fishermen's harbor. Under the villagers' pressure, Nolan, Rachel and an Indian sail after the great beast, who will bring them on his own turf. Written by M Lalonde

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Orca - the killer whale, is one of the most intelligent creatures in the universe. Incredibly, he is the only animal other than man who kills for revenge. He has one mate, and if she is harmed by man, he will hunt down that person with a relentless, terrible vengeance - across seas, across time, across all obstacles. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Netherlands | Italy | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killer Whale See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,717,854
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the mid-1970s, Executive Producer Dino De Laurentiis considered a sequel to King Kong (1976), that may have had him go head-to-head with this, his own other animal monster movie. The sequel, King Kong Lives (1986), did not eventuate until the mid 1980s though. See more »

Goofs

When Nolan yells for the ship to go hard to port, he points to his right, which would be starboard. See more »

Quotes

Captain Nolan: [as the harpooned orca screams in pain] He sounds almost human...
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Alternate Versions

Network TV version had at least one additional scene where Nolan (Richard Harris) visits Annie (Bo Derek) at the hospital, after her leg was bitten off. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shadow of the Shark (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

My Love, We Are One
Performed by Carol Connors
Music by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Carol Connors
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What You'd Call BIG-Time Revenge
30 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Well, here's an interesting twist: in this revenge film, it's not a human but a whale wreaking havoc after a seaman killed its mate and unborn baby. Orca goes after those responsible.

Yes, it's a bit far-fetched making a whale almost human-like but most revenge films are satisfying so the filmmakers figured, what the heck, let's cash in on the popular theme. It's also the decade of "Jaws," so I guess man-eating sea creatures were "in." Actually, it wasn't 'Jaws," but it wasn't bad, either. It was a pretty interesting film.

Notes on the movie: the scene where the baby comes out of the mother is NOT pleasant to watch......Richard Harris and Charlotte Rampling star, but a young Bo Derek is here, too, in a supporting role.

I watched this twice and that was enough.


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