Free Willy

Free Willy

Simon Wincer (1993)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


A troubled youngster befriends a captive killer whale while working at a marine park. However, their friendship looks set to be short-lived when he learns the park's greedy owners plan to kill the animal, forcing the boy into a race against time to release the creature back into the ocean. Family drama, starring Jason James Richter, Lori Petty and Michael Madsen.

Cast & Crew

Jesse Jason James Richter
Rae Lindley Lori Petty
Glen Greenwood Michael Madsen
Dial Michael Ironside
Annie Greenwood Jayne Atkinson
Randolph Johnson August Schellenberg
Wade Richard Riehle
Dwight Mykelti Williamson
Perry Michael Bacall
Director Simon Wincer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama Children's