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Free Willy 3 - The Rescue (1997)

Jason James Richter , August Schellenberg , Sam Pillsbury  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Annie Corley, Vincent Berry, Patrick Kilpatrick
  • Directors: Sam Pillsbury
  • Writers: John Mattson, Keith Walker
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Douglas C. Merrifield, Jennie Lew Tugend, Jennifer Dawn Gero, Julie Durk
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304676956
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A 10-year-old boy whose father is running an illegal whaling operation is caught in a dilemma when Willy and his pod are threatened.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best family films. February 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Free Willy 3 is primarily about Max, an intelligent, inquisitive ten-year-old who accompanies his father on a whaling expedition. His conscience bothers him about his father's career, but instead of taking the usual route of performing a string of silly pranks (like you would see in a lot of children's shows), he tries reasoning with his dad. He also asks question after question -- not just about the technical aspects of whaling, but he also delves deeper into the more important questions of life ("Do you always have to do the right thing, even if it hurts?").
One of the things I liked best about Free Willy 3 was the realistic and sympathetic portrayal of the father, even though he was the "villain" of the story. He was a man doing a job that has been in his family for years, and without it he wasn't sure who he was. Despite having a career others disagreed with, he was a caring, compassionate person who loved his son. Other characters are drawn out nicely as well -- Jesse and Randolph, from the first two films, and their new co-workers on the sea -- showing their tempers as well as their more positive sides.
Couple all these features with stunning cinematography and a beautiful score, and you have one fine film!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rescue-The Best In The Willy Trilogy January 27, 2000
By Lydia
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is great, despite what you may be thinking. More realistic that Free Willy 1 and 2, it's plot is seamless and easy to believe. Jesse (Jason James Richter) interns with Randolph (Schellenburg, the Native American guy) as a research assistant. They find Willy with Jesse's harmonica call played 24 hours a day throughout the Canadian sea. They encounter a whaling boat, but the captain's son, ten year old Max, is silently opposed to whaling. Max and Jesse work together to try and stop the whaling boat. It isn't kid-ish like the other two Willy movies, and features less of Jesse. The whales are beautiful, and there is a pleasant surprize at the end. Hopefully there are more Willy movies ready to come out!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Willy 3 August 7, 2006
Free Willy 3, is a great follow up to the first two movies.

My oldest Son Derek, enjoys watching the first one so much,

after a hundered times or more, its time to move on. So

I bought Free Willy 2, then this latest one Free Willy 3.

I the parent, injoyed the movie alot but for my son I think

it was a little bit hard for him to watch, the harpooning of

whales I think bothered him, he see's Willy as his friend,

and is very hard to see a friend get hurt. I still think if

your a Free Willy fan you need to have the hole set. Bring on

Free Willy 4.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They Replaced Jessie March 17, 2003
By Raven
Format:VHS Tape
I liked this movie but they replaced Jessie. They had This 10 year old kind of come in and try to be the hero. I mean what was so special about the first too movies is that Jessie was the only one Willy trusted and then they had this ten year old come in and all of the sudden he and Willy were special friends. They should have left it alone with that special friendship between Willy and Jessie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good has the first 2,but still a great movie April 12, 2004
By Chase
I found this Free Willy the worst out of the series, not because the movie was bad,it was good but there was some parts in this movie that peaple didnt like.The little kid kinda messed up the bond between Willy and Jesse.But this was still a great movie,what an ending this movie had,Willy becomes a daddy, shocking ending to a great series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free Willy 3 - The Rescue January 8, 2010
Willy the whale is back, this time threatened by illegal whalers making money off sushi. Jesse, now 16, has taken a job on an orca-researching ship, along with old friend Randolph and a sarcastic scientist, Drew. On the whaler's ship is captain John Wesley and his son, Max, who isn't really pleased about his father's job, but doesn't have the gut to say so. Along the way, Willy reunites with Jesse, who helps Max realize that whales are a little more than just cheese burgers. This is the third movie of the sequel and I found it be excellent also. This movie has great cinematography, great scenery, well written and poignant story and a very good soundtrack. Free Willy 3 is an excellent example how good a family movie can be. Sweet and innocent, bright and entertaining.
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When you get to the third film in any series there is usually a drop in quality. 'Free Willy 3' is surprisingly good for a second sequel. the story of whaler's hunting Willy and his family is the most exciting film of the series. This film shows some character development as the whale hunters aren't shown as 1 dimensional characters.The DVD transfer is very good and I rate this film 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Again again? April 10, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Man, they freed Willy once and he just won't quit! They freed him again and he ain't legit! What up with you, Willy?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... have seen this movie a lot and I always enjoy it. very exciting
I have seen this movie a lot and I always enjoy it.very exciting.i love it.griff
Published 28 days ago by GRIFF
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My four yr old grandson loves killer whales and he loves this movie. EXCELLANT MOVIE!
Published 1 month ago by colleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Very good family. this move will keep you watching until the end. I love this movie too bad there is not a 4th.
Published 10 months ago by danagirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Free Willys
The Free Willy series was light and shallow, but this third in the series was much more brilliant in scenery and the characters and story line flowed nicely. Made me cry.
Published 10 months ago by bonlee
3.0 out of 5 stars three stars
I was really impressed with free willy 1 and 2 but in 3 I didn't feel for willy or what's his name I did feel for kid who was weighing his love for his dad and his hatred for his... Read more
Published 13 months ago by leah schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars The good guys win
While this is just a movie, it's not surprising that the unnecessary killing of animals/mammals and selling them on the black market is true even in today's society. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Karrot
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
old fans go back but i would stick to the original this is obviously a forced sequel for the original cast.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I watched this years ago when it 1st came out as a kid. I love the 1st one and the 3rd movie in this series. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
My kids aged 3, 7 and 9 loved this, and it was good for the parents as well. Lovely scenery of beautiful British Columbia, and a great story about doing the right thing.
Published 18 months ago by Helen A. Fricker
1.0 out of 5 stars Scary for some kids!
My son (6) watched this movie, well part of it, and he was very scared. He had nightmares that night. I'm not sure what it's rated but Free Willy should be rated G I would think.
Published 19 months ago by Laura Smidt
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