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A killer whale's pregnant mate is maimed and killed by Captain Nolan during a capture attempt. The angry male orca, after grieving the loss of its mate and offspring, seeks revenge against Captain Nolan. He causes serious damage to a fishing town where Nolan is hiding out, and lures Nolan, Rachel Bedford (a biologist) and a Native American to an ice field for a final confrontation... on HIS terms.
Terror just beneath the surface
Release Date: July 15, 1977
Runtime: 92 mins
All Genres: Thriller, Drama, Horror
IMDB Rating: 4.9
Buried.com Rating: 5.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With O
MPAA Rating: PG
Richard Harris ...Captain Nolan
Charlotte Rampling ...Rachel Bedford
Will Sampson ...Umilak
Bo Derek ...Annie
Keenan Wynn ...Novak
Robert Carradine ...Ken
Scott Walker ...Swain
Peter Hooten ...Paul
Wayne Heffley ...Priest
Vincent Gentile ...Gas Station Attendant
Don 'Red' Barry ...Dock Worker
Dino De Laurentiis
"My Love, We Are One"
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- Terror just beneath the surface
- Rachel: The killer whale. He is a mammal with warm blood, found in every sea.
Rachel: I'd insisted on leaving South Harbor with them. I told myself that somehow I was responsible for Nolan's state of mind. That I had filled his head with romantic notions about a whale capable not only of profound grief, which I believed, but also of calculated and vindictive actions, which I found hard to be believe, despite all that had happened.
[Captain Nolan has just seen the orca kill a member of his crew after the orca knocked the house into the ocean. He then looks out to the water & sees the killer whale leaping out of the water, breaching] Captain Nolan: You revengeful sonofabitch! You win! [the orca keeps breaching, as if taunting Captain Nolan] Captain Nolan: You want revenge? Well, you'll have it! I'll come out and fight you! You revengeful sonofabitch! [Nolan's boat, the 'Bumpo', steams out of the little harbor the next morning with the fishermen watching as he goes to fight the orca]
- The killer whale was portrayed by a combination of stock footage taken at Marine World in Redwood City, California, and an animatronic whale which was filmed off the coasts of Malta and Newfoundland.
In the mid-80s, Dino De Laurentiis considered a sequel to King Kong (1976) that would have had him going head-to-head with an Orca.
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