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Blackfish

Rating
PG-13
Guide for parents: disturbing.
Rating
G
Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA, disturbing.
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Not available
Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA, disturbing.
Rating
PG
Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA, disturbing.
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14A
Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA, disturbing.
Rating
Not available
Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA, disturbing.
Rating
PG
Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA, disturbing.
Rating
PG
Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA, disturbing.
Year2013
Original lang.English / Spanish
Run time1h22m
GenreDocumentary
Directed byGabriela Cowperthwaite
CompanyMagnolia PicturesEyeSteelFilmEyeSteelFilm

Synopsis

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus -- beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?

Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Featuring

Tilikum
John Hargrove
James Earl Jones
Whoopi Goldberg
+ MORE

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Trailer

Added May 4, 2013
Length: 2:18

TV Spot

Added June 29, 2013
Length: 0:30

Clip: Capturing Orcas

Added June 9, 2013
Length: 1:21

Clip: Orca Background

Added June 23, 2013
Length: 0:46

Clip: Orca Lifespans

Added June 31, 2013
Length: 1:20

Clip: Orkid

Added June 23, 2013
Length: 1:45

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