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"A 12-year-old street kid. A 3-ton orca whale. A friendship you could never imagine. An adventure you'll never forget."

The tagline says it all when it comes to this family classic, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. As the lonely Jesse forges an intimate bond with the majestic Willy, a young orca whale at the marina where he’s on clean-up duty, Free Willy charts a moving and thrilling journey, as the young boy risks everything to liberate the whale. A story of friendship and caring that teaches important lessons on animal conservation without ever getting preachy, it’s a perfect film for Earth Day, with something to offer viewers of all ages and interests—including all you Millennial parents who saw it when you were kids.

Bring the whole family and revel in the magic of a big screen adventure your kids will never forget.

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  • Director(s)

    • Simon Wincer

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