Orca - The Killer Whale
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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.Read more ›
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.
As a kid, it was a super awesome 'Jaws' knock-off. Watching it the other night, I can now see the film, as a whole, was pretty bad.
Light popcorn entertainment if there's, truly, nothing else on.
I'm not jaded by the advances that have been made in film-making. There are many older films that hold up well and are superior to a lot of what is produced today. This movie's not one of them.
My world began to shimmer at the opening credits with the super-imposed juxtaposed twin orca shots. It came crashing down when the little rubber shark flew out of the water when the orca attacked it. Having the shark "growl" didn't help much, either.
If you want high seas critters, go back to 'Jaws' or check out 'Deep Blue Sea'. Even 'Deep Rising' if you don't mind uncontrolled tentacled gruesomeness (great film, by the way - not to be mistaken with classic).
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.Read more ›
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Classic thriller with a terror from the ocean below. Awesome movie! Awesome seller.Published 2 days ago by Sheri Woolley
I really like this show, I always have. That's why I bought it. I had a hard time finding it.Published 7 days ago by Christa
I absolutely love Killer Whales, so this movie is awesome!!Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love watching this movie over and over with my daughter. This movie put her on the path to becoming a vet. Music was perfect for the movie.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
As an Alaska Native, I strongly protest this movie. It depicts a beautiful thinking creature of the sea as a wild, thoughtless vengeful killer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by WC Alaska