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Luna: Spirit of the Whale (2007)

PG | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 13 May 2007
Mike Maquinna returns to his home town of Gold River on Vancouver Island to attend the funeral of his father, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations Chief Ambrose Maquinna. With a troubled past ... See full summary »

Director:

Don McBrearty

Writers:

Marguerite Pigott (story editor), Elizabeth Stewart
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5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Beach ... Mike Maquinna
Graham Greene ... Bill Louis
Jason Priestley ... Ted Jeffries
Tantoo Cardinal ... Gloria Maquinna
Aaron Miko ... Adam
Erin Karpluk ... Jill Mackay
Michelle Harrison ... Jane Kimball
David Lewis ... Murray Novak
Christopher Attadia Christopher Attadia ... Eli
Tricia Collins ... Brenda
Tchadas Leo Tchadas Leo ... Joey
Tom McBeath ... Ernie Ivers
Barbara Tyson ... Lucy
Gerald Auger ... Ambrose
Gabriel George Gabriel George ... Young Mike - Age 9
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Storyline

Mike Maquinna returns to his home town of Gold River on Vancouver Island to attend the funeral of his father, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations Chief Ambrose Maquinna. With a troubled past including alcoholism, Mike does not intend on staying to claim his rightful place as Chief, but intends on returning to his current life as a logger in Bella Coola. Meanwhile, a lone Orca whale - dubbed Luna by western media - has been spotted in the area, the whale unusually socialized to boats and humans. Luna, suspected to be a missing juvenile from a pod now living south of the area in Puget Sound, becomes a public sensation, both as a spectacle and a human interest story. The Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) administration, led by Ted Jeffries, plans on reuniting Luna with his pod, which means capturing the young Orca. This move by DFO does not sit well with Mike and the band, who see the spirit of Ambrose inhabited within Luna. They feel it best for Luna to decide where he chooses to ... Written by Huggo

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A clash of two cultures. The freedom of one whale.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements including brief teen smoking and drinking, and some language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2007 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Luna: Spirit of the Whale See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Mike Maquinna: Look, my mom makes a home for you, and you're running out on her?
Adam: So? What do you think you're doing?
Mike Maquinna: Hey, you think you're the only kid who's got a raw deal, huh? Stuff happens. Get over it!
Adam: Yeah, right, that's deep.
Mike Maquinna: It's the best I got.
Adam: Jeez, no wonder why you're scared to be chief.
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Great Story
24 November 2007 | by cubfan1984See all my reviews

Having worked very closely with the First Nations people along the Remote Coast of British Columbia, I really enjoyed this story. The Mowachaht / Muchalaht people are very welcoming and open as well as very much into their history and culture. Mike Maquinna is very accurately portrayed towards the end of the film with the way he is in real life. He has a true passion for his people and is one of the most level-headed and down to earth chiefs that I have ever met. Anyone who is interested in learning about First Nations culture, beliefs, and values, this is a must see. I gave it a nine simply because it would have been nice to see a little bit more of the culture of the people and use this as even more of an educational film. One of Luna's favorite things was to follow the vessel Uchuck III, and it would have been good to see that in there a little bit more along the coast up into Yuquot (Friendly Cove). Other than that, I'd say it's a great story and would highly recommend it!


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