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Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010)

Bindi Irwin , Beau Bridges , Will Geiger  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bindi Irwin, Beau Bridges, Mike Falkow
  • Directors: Will Geiger
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037RP0OO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

On the Set of Free Willy: Greetings from South Africa
Bindi Irwin and Willy invite all to "Meet My Wild Co-Stars"
Bindi's First Movie Video Diary
Deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

More a retelling of the original 1993 Free Willy film than a third sequel in the series, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove is the story of a young whale who's separated from his pod, used in a moneymaking scheme, and befriended by a young girl who ultimately makes a huge difference in the young whale's life. The film stars Bindi Irwin (daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and host of the TV nature documentary series Bindi the Jungle Girl) in her first film, and she is surprisingly believable and passionate in her role as Kirra, if not entirely polished. Beau Bridges plays Kirra's grandfather, Gus, a down-on-his-luck gambler and owner of a dilapidated amusement park who's obsessed with making money. When Kirra's father is injured, Gus is unexpectedly saddled with caring for his granddaughter over the summer. Bongo Mbutuma, Siyabulela Ramba, and Stephen Jennings round out the cast. When a young orca becomes trapped in the lagoon at Gus's ocean-side amusement park in South Africa, Kirra and her grandfather clash over the whale's future. Kirra quickly dubs the whale Willy and pleads with her grandfather to set him free, but Gus wants to use Willy to boost profits. When a mammal rescue group determines that Willy's underdeveloped echolocation makes him unfit to survive alone in the wild, Kirra bristles at their suggestion to put Willy down, and she vows to rehabilitate the orca. Meanwhile, Kirra's grandfather contemplates selling Willy to a neighboring park owner at a handsome profit, in hopes that he will have the necessary funds to properly house and care for Willy. More than just a story about right versus wrong, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove is an exploration of a much more complicated ethical dilemma in which the best course of action is unclear. As the characters each struggle to choose the right path, what becomes crystal clear is the power of perseverance and the personal growth that results from love, adversity, and challenge. While the CGI graphic scenes of the orca pods swimming are admittedly poor and some other aspects of this film could have been improved, Escape from Pirate's Cove is still a good family film with a heartfelt message. Bonus features include a fairly interesting featurette about filming on location in South Africa, Bindi's first movie diary, a quick look at the film's animal costars, two deleted scenes, and one outtake. The Blu-ray also features a pop-up trivia option that runs the length of the film. --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

The fun and adventure are back! Fans of the Free Willy series will cheer this exciting family film about a baby orca who needs a friend and a girl who finds the courage to help him. After young Kirra (Bindi Irwin) leaves her Australian home to summer with her grandfather (Beau Bridges) in South Africa, she soon discovers a baby orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather’s rundown seaside amusement park. She names the lonely whale Willy--and embarks on a great quest to lead the little guy back to his anxious pod before her grandfather's greedy rival turns Willy into a captive, moneymaking attraction at his slick theme park. A little girl, a little orca and big, big fun and adventure!

Customer Reviews

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free willy March 23, 2010
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This movie was a real surprise, our family has watched all theh Free Willy movies from the past and decided to give this one a try. Bindi Irwin is a very talented young lady and very believeable thorughout the movie. Beau Bridges is such a wonderful character actor and he plays the gruff grandfather very well. We througly enjoyed the movie and the friendship between two young children in the movie. Steve Irwin would be so proud of his little girl.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's a must for Free Willy fans March 13, 2010
This is the 4th in the Free Willy series, but it's not about the original Willy. It is filmed in South Africa and Jason James Richter or none of the other cast from the first 3 movies are in it, but it's based on the same story line, a Orca is caught, can't get out, an evil man wants him and in the end he reunites with his family. I won't give details but it's a great family to watch. If you are a Free Willy fan it is a must see and buy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Willy 4 didn't disappoint! May 3, 2010
By Elliott
The 4th movie of the Free Willy series is truly a delight. I loved every minute of it! Bindi Irwin was truly amazing as Kirra. It is so amazing how much she looks like her father, and carry's on his legacy through her knowledge of animals, and her love for them...which makes this even better, because you can tell her passion for animals is really genuine. I also thought the scenery was so beautiful, the acting by all the cast was excellent, and this movie ranks up there as being just as wonderful as the other Free Willy movies. I thought the ending was very powerful and emotional, that it made me cry. Hearing the song by Bindi Irwin while the credits were rolling were amazing, and I recoginized her voice immediately. Bindi Irwin seems so down-to-earth, like I said before a genuinly passionate person, and I hope she remains following in her father's footsteps.

I am defintely going to buy it, and on blu-ray, so I get the highest quality, and so I can see the bonus features, because the one I rented didn't have any on there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and Fun April 21, 2010
Another "Free Willy" movie? Oh, brother. That was my initial reaction. When I discovered, however, that Bindi Irwin would be starring in it, I became intrigued. I grew up in Eugene, Oregon, attended the same school as Terri Irwin, and my heart has been linked to their family since Steve Irwin's early success as "The Crocodile Hunter" and the later tragedy of his death. How could I not give this movie a chance?

The story is quick-moving and fun-spirited. Bindi is a young girl from Australia whose father gets hurt in an accident. She is forced to go spend six weeks in Capetown, South Africa, with her estranged grandfather, the father of her deceased mother. Beau Bridges plays his role well, giving it a few moments of goofiness and some heartfelt scenes. He and his granddaughter do not hit it off right away. In fact, he is a gambling, unmotivated fellow who runs a downtrodden theme park. A storm brings the theme park an unexpected surprise, though, in the form of a young Orca. "Willy" becomes the catalyst for a granddaughter/grandfather relationship, as well as the source of rivalry and conflict from a bigger, better theme park.

The movie has some funny moments and some incredible scenery from the Capetown area. Beau and Bindi give the film a lot of heart. There are one or two slapstick moments, but overall it remains focused on its young female star and her desire to care for animals even while winning over her crusty, but good-natured grandpa. The only real weakness is the use of simulated underwater Orca scenes. They might work well in an aquarium presentation, but they don't do well in a film. And they seemed unnecessary, considering the very real Orca used throughout the movie.

I was pleasantly surprised by "Free Will: Escape from Pirate's Cove.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars without keiko its just not the same March 6, 2013
By Eva
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knowing the orcas werent real kinda put a damp blanket on it for me. free willy was magical because of keiko.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie! May 31, 2012
This movie was a really a nice surprise! Bindi Irwin did a great job and all the characters are played very well. My five and two year old daughters LOVE this movie and watch it over and over. I think I like this free willy movie the best out of the whole series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Free Willy 4 June 14, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised at the very credible acting job Bindi did in this movie. The movie is fun, entertaining, and has a good story line. My grandkids enjoyed it thoroughly and so did I. A good sequel to the other Free Willy movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Family Movie June 7, 2010
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So rare to find a family movie where there isnt death or violence involved. I love this movie and so does my nine year old. Very wonderful message in the movie. Bought my daughter the orignal Free Willy and she was bored to tears. But not this movie..a big thumbs up!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep same storyline as the other Free Willy movies
The late Steve Irwin’s Daughter Bindi takes to the big Screen. Actually you sort of had to see this coming she has grown up famous just because of her Dad. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ronafish79
3.0 out of 5 stars My great niece wanted it for her birthday
I enjoyed the movie. My niece just loves it...She watches it over and over..... I think anyone who likes dolphins would love this movie.
Published 5 days ago by Barb Shearer
3.0 out of 5 stars Yet again?
How many times must Willy be freed before he's freed? I know - it sounds like a zen koan, but it's not. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Paul M Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute!
I liked this movie so did my daughter. It was soo cute! I suggest it for families!

My dad also liked it
Published 1 month ago by Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
Good family movie. I loved the original movie and this was just as sweet. I would watch it again and again.
Published 2 months ago by BillieJo Hartjes
5.0 out of 5 stars cute movie
Really cute movie I nought for my daughter who's 7 she really loked it and I found my self watching it as well
Published 2 months ago by racjel2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove.
I enjoyed this movie so much young Bindi Irwin reminds me of a young Natalie Wood, her acting is very close to hers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Barbara J. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT HAERT WARMING
The movie was very cute and heart warming I bought it for my 7 year old daughter Lillianna who is in love with every animal there is and also I bought it because the good price and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by racjel2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
My family and I are a huge Steve Irwin fan so when we saw Bendi Irwin we had to have it. We love it and would recommend this to any family with kids. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lauren Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars free willy:escape from pirate's cove
I bought this movies for a free willy series but my grandchildren enjoy it as much as the free willy series
Published 3 months ago by Kathleen Stamour
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