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Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)


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In the third installment in the Free Willy series, Jesse (Jason James Richter), the once-troubled youth whose life was changed by his friendship with the killer whale Willy, is spending the summer on board a ship assisting a group a whale researchers, including his old friend Randolph (August Schellenberg), and Drew (Annie Corley), an oceanographer. Jesse once used a harmonica to communicate with Willy, and when he plays his mouth harp through the ship's underwater sound system, he is able to


Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

John Mattson

Jan 28, 2003

Warner Home Video

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For devoted -- and young -- Willy fans only.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Not exactly a whale of a time, but worthwhile

September 17, 2002

I mean really: how many stories could there BE between one boy and one whale?

July 26, 2002

A film that treats its human audience with as much respect as its less-evolved subjects.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Free Willy 3: The Rescue

The weakest in the series! I did not find much to like about this film!
January 15, 2010
KJ Proulx

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They had already done captivity and environmental issues , now they focus on the illegality of whale hunting.

I think out of the three films this film was the most serious. As a Kid I did not really like it because I was to used to the family-like background of the first two, but as a recent watcher of this, it's not so bad at all. It really promotes and shows the harms of whaling in a way that our young society may relate too.

I only did not like the film quite as equally because it had a lack of characters - no anne, no glenn, not even a mention of Elvis. It strolled away from the original two but it done well at doing so.

It's worth a watch for adults and a worth buying for your kids to show the importance of these issues that do not only face whales, but many specices on earth.
October 26, 2008

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Still a fun series and almost as good as the first two.
December 28, 2006

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