Orca (film)

Orca also called Orca The Killer Whale is an American 1977 supernatural horror drama film director by Michael Anderson and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, starring Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, and Will Sampson. It is based on Arthur Herzogs novel of the same name. The film was poorly received by critics and audiences alike due in part to its similarities to the film Jaws released two years prior. Upon release the film received only minor theatrical success, but in recent years the film has achieved a cult following among fans of the natural horror subgenre.

Seeking release of his neardead mate, the male orca tries to sink the ship. One of Nolans crew members, Novak Wynn, cuts the female off the ship, but the male leaps up and drags him into the sea, too. The following day, the orca pushes his now dead mate onto shore. Alan Swain Scott Walker berates Nolan on his actions after finding the dead whale. Nolan denies responsibility, but Swain and the villagers eventually find out his involvement. The villagers insist that he kill the orca, as its presence is causing the fish vital to the villages economy to migrate. The orca then terrorises the village by sinking fishing boats in broad daylight and then breaking fuel lines, thus destroying the villages fuel reserves.Dr. Rachel Bedford Rampling, a colleague of Ken and a whale expert, shows him how similar whales are to humans and tells Nolan that, If he the orca is like a human, what he wants isnt necessarily what he should have. Nolan confesses to Bedford that he empathises with the whale, as his own wife and unborn child had previously been killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. Nolan promises Bedford not to fight the whale, but the orca attacks his seafront house, containing an injured crew member of Nolans, Annie Derek within it. The house starts slipping into the sea and the whale bites Annies leg off. Nolan decides to fight the orca, although with Novak dead and Annie maimed for life, Nolan and Paul Peter Hooten are now the only crew members left. Bedford and Ken join the pursuit, along with a native American man, Jacob Umilak Sampson, enlisted for his orca knowledge. ........

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