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Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997) 1997

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4.2 out of 5 stars (50) IMDb 4.6/10

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.

Starring:
Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Drama, Adventure, Kids & Family
Director Sam Pillsbury
Starring Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg
Supporting actors Annie Corley, Vincent Berry, Patrick Kilpatrick, Tasha Simms, Peter LaCroix, Stephen E. Miller, Ian Tracey, Matthew Walker, Roger Cross, Rick Burgess, Roman Danylo, Michael Dobson, Keiko
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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I LOVED these 3 movies! I loved the suspense, the fact that it was family friendly, and moving. I laughed and cried during all 3 movies. These are truly quality movies. I highly recommend to any family, who enjoys movie night. These are great for the kids.
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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. As I said that while the good guys won in Willy 3, there are still many illegal fishing is still going on and there are just not enough personnel to catch them all.
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The third in the "FREE WILLY" series is as entertaining as one and two. Jesse meets a young boy, Max. Jesse as we learned from "FREE WILLY" loves killer whales, and will attempt to do everything in his power to protect them from danger and save them. Jesse discovers that Max's father is involved in illegal business, and his goal is to kill whales to sell the meat. Jesse teaches Max right from wrong, and Max teaches his father the same. The story is intriguing, the colorful characters come to life, and both the scenery and sound effects are stunning. A great adventure for the entire family, and very enjoyable. Heartfelt, educational, and highly recommended!
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If for what ever reason you are feeling sad, This is one of the best go to films.
It lets you know that there are people out there that will do what ever it takes to do the right thing to help people, or in this case a animal servive and not be harmed by Bullies or backward thinking people.
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Format: DVD
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.

Regards

Dad
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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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