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Orca - The Killer Whale (1977)

Richard Harris , Charlotte Rampling , Michael Anderson  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni, Robert Towne, Sergio Donati
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Luciano Vincenzoni
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I832M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE stars Richard Harris and Bo Derek in her screen debut in an epic struggle between a strong and determined fisherman and an equally determined whale. When the whale's pregnant mate is killed, it goes on a rampage, seeking revenge on the man by smashing boats, collapsing buildings and causing extreme destruction by fire.

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More scary than you think ! August 24, 2003
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The angry mate of a slaughtered pregnant killer whale becomes so enraged, that he begins a reign of terror on a fishing village and their community. Even though this movie follows on the heels of Jaws, and while it's not golden filmmaking like the great white shark classic, it is better than you think and gives more creeps than you presumed. Also gives you a true impression that orca's are more intelligent than most whales or animals/mammals. Bo Derek, and Richard Harris give the film more than average acts, while poor Robert Carradine and others get whipped by the black sea wolf's tail or eaten by him. I vote Orca as a more dangerous and smarter animal than a killer shark-he's faster, smarter, and he's gota good reason to kill. The music, by Ennio Morricone is a little eerie and provokes your nerves that more terror is to come. So, although the film isn't a milestone, don't look at the poster of this movie and brush it off as a Jaws rip off. Better than it looks.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
The success of Spielberg's 1975 first to crack the 100 million mark landmark film Jaws spawned a whole series of "us against it" genre films of which several were water-based like the dreadful Tentacles and the rest were equally poor only taking place on land such as the campy Day of the Animals. However, a few were standouts and "Orca" was one of them.

Wonderfully and sensitively acted by the late great Richard Harris (A Man Called Horse and Camelot), the always convincing Charlotte Rampling (The Verdict), and the ever noble Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Poltergeist II: The Other Side). It is also memorable as the first film for Bo (10) Derek who manages to actually keep her clothes on in this film.

The storyline is intelligent and believable. There are no memorable cliches or unimportant scenes. The film is compact and to the point at a brief 92 minutes. The direction and editing is sturdy and skillful. The photography is absolutely brilliant. Every shot is beautifully filmed. The music is, unfortunately, forgettable and uninspiring.

Don't let the comparisons to "Jaws" scare you off. This film may not be in that ballpark, but its field is only a block or two away.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredibly Gorgeous and Sad Film September 24, 2004
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"Orca" is one of the most gorgeous and saddest movies I have ever seen in my life. The first time I saw this film, I was incredibly moved by the sadness of the male orca over losing his mate and unborn calf and Captain Nolan's eventual finding of empathy for marine mammals. The plot is wonderful but quite scary as well. Scenes of the male orca on the attack can send chills up one's spine. At one time, I even thought Bo Derek really lost her leg. No animal is as powerful as the orca itself. The orca is much smarter than the great white shark could ever be. Its prey respects and fears the animal simutaneously.

Richard Harris, Will Sampson, Charlotte Rampling, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn, and Richard Carradine all turn in wonderful performances in their respective roles. However, the best performances go to the orcas themselves, Yaka and Nepo. Residing at Six Flags Marine World, Yaka and Nepo did wonderfully as orcas in love. They were perfect for their roles because Nepo was quite interested in Yaka, as I have heard from different orca websites. Unfortunately, they have since passed away. Nepo died on 7/10/80, and Yaka died on 10/29/97. May Nepo and Yaka forever rest in peace.

"Orca" will drive you to tears as you watch it. You'll feel as if you are swimming with the orcas to Ennio Morricone's incredible music score. I have loved this movie since I saw as a teenager. The visuals are breathtaking, as is the musical score. It may not be all that original, but it is a saddening and gorgeous film you need to see.
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34 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vengence is a dish best served...wet... September 27, 2004
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They killed his wife...they killed his child...they took everything away from him and replaced it with a thirst for justice...a thirst for revenge...sounds like a set up for the 1974 Charles Bronson film Death Wish...but it's's actually for Orca (1977) aka Orca: The Killer Whale. Now one can say Orca is a completely original film and has nothing to do with the De Laurentiis group (Dino was the executive producer) trying to capitalize on the phenomenal success of the Spielberg film Jaws (1975), the first film to break the 100 million dollar mark, but they would be wrong. Spielberg's popular and wildly successful giant shark film spawned legions of copycats, all eager to suckle on the cash teat, including films that featured wanton whales (this one), ornery octopuses (okay, it's octopi), savage squids, beastly bigfoots, antagonistic arachnids, barbarous bears and just about any other kind of creature that walks, crawls, swims, or slimes its' way across God's green Earth that you can imagine.

Orca, directed by Michael Anderson, who had just come off directing the sci-fi classic Logan's Run (1976) features Richard (A Man Called Horse) Harris, and perennial 70's film star Charlotte Rampling. Also appearing are Will Sampson (the big Indian from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), popular character actor Keenan Wynn, Robert Carradine, and in her first on screen appearance, Bo Derek. As the film opens, we see many good-looking underwater shots of killer whales swimming around, and we see two people, presumably scientists, Rachel (Rampling) and Ken (Carradine), doing some sort of scientific research involving the whales. We also meet Captain Nolan (Harris), and his crew, as they're trying to capture a great white shark in order to sell it to an aquarium for great profit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ORCA vs JAWS
I bought this movie as it has always been a "favorite" of mine and was happy when an Amazon email was received showing it's availability. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sue Dee
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst. Movie. Ever
This is the worst movie I have ever seen - sort of a combination of "Moby Dick" and a steaming pile of dog s*** that you just stepped in and didn't realize it until you had tracked... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jack McKinney
4.0 out of 5 stars I had seen this movie a really long long time ...
I had seen this movie a really long long time ago and I was going for the Orca and I was still going for the Orca again. I can not believe how cruel and inhuman humans can be
Published 10 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was excellent quality
Published 14 days ago by jodyrita
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Radek Gajak
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this movie multiple times over the years and still enjoy it...
I have seen this movie multiple times over the years and still enjoy it completely!
Published 15 days ago by Furball051
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad!
I laughed out loud each and every time the camera zoomed in on the expressionless Orca's eye to try to infer anger. This is actually a pretty well told story, for what it is. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Peter C. Gorman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Most interesting for me and my grandkids
Published 26 days ago by Diane M Quaiver
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price for this classic movie
Great classic movie
Published 1 month ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!!
Published 1 month ago by Kristy Ward
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