Free Willy

  • U
  • Simon Wincer (1993)
  • US
  • 107 min
Free Willy
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This entertaining children's picture about a boy and his whale knows exactly what strings to pull and when. Australian director Simon Wincer combines animatronic models with shots of Keiko, the real-life killer whale that plays Willy, with great skill. The action away from the aqua park where Willy is the star attraction is suffocated by political correctness, family-bonding scenes and hammed-up villainy, but it's pretty hard to resist once Keiko and Jason James Richter are on screen together, providing you're between four and ten at heart.

Plot Summary

Wildlife adventure starring Jason James Richter and Lori Petty. Jesse, a young tearaway, is always getting into trouble. But when an act of vandalism leads him to an adventure park, he forms an unlikely friendship with a killer whale called Willy, and his outlook on life begins to change.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jesse
Jason James Richter
Rae Lindley
Lori Petty
Annie Greenwood
Jayne Atkinson
Randolph Johnson
August Schellenberg
Glen Greenwood
Michael Madsen
Dial
Michael Ironside
Wade
Richard Riehle
Dwight
Mykelti Williamson
Perry
Michael Bacall
Gwenie
Danielle Harris
Vector
Isaiah Malone

Crew

Director
Simon Wincer

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Categories
Childrens
Drama