Big Miracle

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Big Miracle

Ken Kwapis (2012)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A reporter and an environmentalist discover a family of whales has become trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic circle. They organise a coalition of unlikely allies, including Alaskan natives, oil tycoons and the Russian and American military, to pool their resources and rescue the animals. Fact-based drama, starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson and Kristen Bell.

Cast & 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
Director Ken Kwapis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Feb 2012
Drama Children's