Free Willy

1993 film directed by Simon Wincer

Free Willy is a 1993 Australian/British/American family film about a boy who learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by aquarium owners. He then risks everything to free the whale.

Directed by Simon Wincer. Written by Keith A. Walker and Corey Blechman.
How far would you go for a friend? (taglines)


  • Let's free Willy!
  • Dwight, shut up and leave me alone!
  • I'm sick of this place! I'm going to find my mom!
  • (Jesse yelling and water splashing) No!!!


Perry: They looking for me?
Jesse: Nah.

Randolph: 300 years ago, there were so many fish in the water. My people only had to spend one day a week gathering food, and everybody ate like kings.
Jesse: So what'd they do the rest of the time?
Randolph: Carved and painted totems, made music, told stories. Made babies.
Jesse: Sounds good to me.

Jesse: So how much are they paying you to be my jailer?
Glenn: Jailer, huh? Yeah well, I'm making such a great deal on you, you wouldn't believe it. You're a regular cash cow, kid. With that, plus $1,000,000, I guess I could probably retire by the time I'm 300 years old.

Dial: God, I hate that whale!

Jesse: [knocking on the door] Randolph! Randolph, wake up! Randolph, wake up! Randolph, wake up! Wake up! Wake up! [Randolph opens the door] There's a hole in Willy's tank. [Jesse and Randolph enter the tank] They're trying to kill Willy!
Randolph: Was Wade with them?
Jesse: Yeah, and they dropped this!
Randolph: It's part of the tank. Dial's trying to collect the insurance money. Willy's worth a million dollars.
Jesse: A million dollars? Randolph, let's free him.
Randolph: What?
Jesse: Let's free Willy! We can take him down at the bay and put him back in the water.
Randolph: I never liked this job anyway.

Dial: Nobody steals a whale.
Wade: (on phone) But I'm telling you the whale is gone. The trailer's out of there, the forklift's been moved. That big–mouthed trainer and that Indian must've done it.
Dial: This is a disaster.
Wade: Why?
Dial: (realizing about the whale that Jesse, Rae and Randolph took) Because we don't have theft insurance on the whale, that's WHY! Call Wilson. Tell him to bring his crew down.

(Glen tells them where to find the winch to free his trapped truck to Randolph's amazement)
Randolph: Behind the seat? That's the only place I didn't look.


(car, van and truck angry, mad, grumpy to at once)

(Jesse growling)


  • A 12 year old street kid. A 3 ton orca whale. A friendship you could never imagine. An adventure you'll never forget.
  • How far would you go for a friend?
  • A friendship you could never imagine.


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