Big Miracle

  • PG
  • Ken Kwapis (2012)
  • US
  • 102 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

It's Free Willy times three in this wildlife adventure, which focuses on a family of grey whales that become trapped by ice in the far north of Alaska. The plight of Fred, Wilma and Bamm-Bamm becomes a global cause célèbre, prompting a race-against-time rescue that involves not only the US and Russian militaries, but also conservationist Drew Barrymore, oil tycoon Ted Danson and the Alaskan locals, including scoop-hungry reporter John Krasinski. Inspired by a true story from the Glasnost-era late 1980s, Big Miracle is unabashedly corny and unashamedly manipulative. But the whales are so appealing, and the fight to free them from their ice prison so excitingly feel-good, that all cynicism is put aside, making this very decent family entertainment.

Plot Summary

Wildlife drama starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. A passionate Greenpeace advocate tries to mobilise local, national and international forces to save a family of whales who have become trapped in the ice in the Arctic Circle.

Cast and crew


Jill Jerard
Kristen Bell
Kelly Meyers
Vinessa Shaw
Rachel Kramer
Drew Barrymore
Adam Carlson
John Krasinski
Colonel Scott Boyer
Dermot Mulroney
Governor Haskell
Stephen Root
J W McGraw
Ted Danson
Pat Lafayette
Tim Blake Nelson
Karl Hootkin
James LeGros
Dean Glowacki
Rob Riggle


Ken Kwapis

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Feb 2012
Certificate PG