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It was great to see some places there again, like the Mexican Restaurant ---really named Pepes.
And young Ahmaogak Sweeney in the role of Nathan, who learns about the Inupiat Eskimos and their relationships with whales from his Appa, or Grandfather. Nathan also figures out a way to supplement his allowance when some 200 outside Media folks arrived in Barrow and wanted to get out to the Arctic Ocean ice where the whales were trapped.
He gathers up some cardboard and sells it to the reporters so their feet won't get cold standing on the ice.
I was out there on the ice and don't remember such a thing, but it might have been a good idea.
The movie is listed as "Inspired by a True Story." So we were prepared for Hollywood to stretch and substitute.
Two major ones: It was an Inupiat Eskimo hunter, Roy Ahmaogak, who first discovered the stranded whales, not a newsman.
And second ---the Barrow whalers do not hunt the California Gray Whales. They hunt the larger Bowhead whales.
The movie includes arguments that a quick rescue was needed so the Native crews would not hunt them.
The Whaling captains held their meeting early on, before most media arrived, and said they would do all they could to rescue the whales.
One of the movie's strong points is recreating the whales, barnacles and all.Read more ›
This film is based on a true story and includes news feeds from that era. Three migrating whales are trapped in the ice due to early freezing. It was a fluke they were reported on in the first place. Once attention grew, unlikely forces and alliances came together to save the whales. This included an oil company, Greenpeace, US and Soviet governments, the military, Eskimos, the community, private entrepreneurs, and a Barbie reporter. That was the Big Miracle.
The film contains the right mix of drama and comedy in this heart warming tale on what people can accomplish when they come together.
The end of the film shows a clip of Sarah Palin, then Heath, as a sportscaster.
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This would have been a much better film if the focus had been on the Inupiat community of Barrow and the huge efforts they put forth to save the whales, and how they arrived at the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Marcus Kwame
I lived in Alaska in 1988 when this movie was set and remember the whale rescue, so I naturally chose to see Big Miracle instead of double Oscar winner Iron... Read more
This is a wonderful movie with messages at many levels, and not just because "it's about whales". Read morePublished 29 days ago by K. Bacon
My 9 yo daughter and I watch this and love it. It is engaging, funny, heart warming, has eco messages, teaches about corporations and government subtly.Published 1 month ago by A. worster
True story, they show the real life people who worked together to save the whalesPublished 3 months ago by Rachel Formisano
This is a phenomenal film about people coming together for a good cause. This is a positive movie for students and can introduce conservation projects and environmental research.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer