Namu, the Killer Whale

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A marine biologist tends to a wounded "killer" whale, and learns that the animal's reputation as a vicious, merciless beast is quite unfounded. He then fights to protect the injured orca from angry local fishermen in this drama, which was based on a true story.

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  • May 13, 2014
    When You're Six Tons -- And They Call You Killer -- It's Hard To Make Friends... I really can't believe this movie was done in 1966. It really is interesting and since I love animal it was a plus. If you are an animal lover and enjoy a good fish story, this is the film for you. The only thing that was a little weird for me was the music but the rest was amazing I really can't believe these people did this in that year I just can imagine what they could do with the technology that we have now! This is an outstanding film about a killer whale named Naumu who is being protected by an oceanographer, Robert Lansing,(Hank Donner) and has a very hard time trying to tell the local towns people that this whale is not harmful. John Anderson, (Joe Clausen) is more worried about his salmon business and does not want a whale eating up his profitable business. The interaction between benevolent humans and a creature considered a threat. It pits an ignorant, small town against an oceanographer (Robert Lansing) and a shop keeper (Lee Meriweather) in working to educate the local township that Namu is not a threat, but a lonely animal needing attention. The scene in which Lansing and Meriweather engage in play with Namu inside the lagoon is priceless. Moreover, when Namu miraculously rescues the very man (John Anderson) who tried to kill him, makes this movie unbelievably precious. Ivan Tors produced many films and TV shows that nudged the audience to treat other species with respect and wonder. This was a novel film in its time that introduced audiences to the "Killer Whale" as a potential friend rather than threat. Based on a true story and very well made (lots of great location photography). The cast is low-key and everything is handled in a convincing manner. This was typical of the Tors approach. It's well-done material- not overly sentimental, with a respect for science and a plea to evolve as a species. It's the sort of movie that one doesn't see these days in a sea of CGI fantasy and family films that are merely bad comedy. A compassionate scientist forms an unlikely friendship with a magnificent killer whale
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