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Blackfish (2013)

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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

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Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli B. Despres (as Eli Despres) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilikum ... Self (archive footage)
John Hargrove John Hargrove ... Self - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Samantha Berg ... Self - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Mark Simmons Mark Simmons ... Self - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Kim Ashdown Kim Ashdown ... Self
Dean Gomersall Dean Gomersall ... Self - Former SeaWorld Trainer
James Earl Jones ... Self (archive footage)
Shamu Shamu ... Self (archive footage)
Carol Ray Carol Ray ... Self - Former SeaWorld Trainer
John Jett John Jett ... Self - Fomer SeaWorld Trainer
Dawn Brancheau Dawn Brancheau ... Self - SeaWorld Trainer (archive footage)
Jeffrey Ventre Jeffrey Ventre ... Self - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Thomas Tobin Thomas Tobin ... Self
Dave Duffus ... Self - OSHA Expert Witness, Whale Researcher
Jim Payne Jim Payne ... Self (archive footage)
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Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. Written by Anonymous

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Beyond the lies, beneath the deception, the truth will surface. See more »

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Documentary | News

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images | See all certifications »

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In late 2015, Seaworld announced they would be ending their orca shows in 2016, and replacing them with attractions that promote conservation the following year. This has been widely panned and is viewed as a PR stunt by animal rights groups, as Seaworld will continue to breed the animals and keep them in captivity. Because they refuse to end their breeding program, Seaworld's proposed "Project Blue World" was denied the necessary permission to expand their park in San Diego. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Porter - Former Trainer, Sealand: When you know the animal and have a relationship with it. You know, that he's not killing, because he's a savage. He's not killing, because he's crazy or because he doesn't know what he's doing. He's killing, because he's frustrated and has aggrevation. And when he's... He has no outlet for it.
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Referenced in BoJack Horseman: Fish Out of Water (2016) See more »

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A must-see!
30 July 2013 | by Erika_IMDbSee all my reviews

This is a thought-provoking documentary on Tilikum, an Orca that has been at Sea World since 1983 and who is responsible for the death of 3 people (2 of his trainers, and 1 man who snuck into his tank). This is a film about the horrors that these animals go through being kept in captivity for our pleasure and the latest film to showcase how horrible Sea World can be for the very animals it claims to protect, oh the irony.

If you thought watching 'The Cove' was difficult, I suggest you take tissues if you plan on seeing this. 2 days later and I still can't stop thinking about this movie or get rid of some of the images and sounds shown.

I highly recommend this doc. Go see it with an open mind, I guarantee that you will never see captivity the same way again.

"If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don't you think you'd get a little psychotic?!"


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Country:

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,962, 21 July 2013

Gross USA:

$2,073,582

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,303,417
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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