Directed by Simon Wincer, and written by Keith Walker (screenplay) and C. Blechman (screenplay), "Free Willy" (also known as "Free Willy - un amico da salvare", "Free Willy - Ruf der Freiheit") is a Family/Adventure/Drama film, released on July 16 of 1993 in the USA , starring Keiko, Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, J. Atkinson, August Schellenberg and Michael Madsen.
A 12 year old street kid. A 3 ton orca whale. A friendship you could never imagine. An adventure you'll never forget.
The film begins with a pod of orcas swimming near the coastline of the Pacific Northwest. The pod is tracked down by a large group of whalers, and a single orca (Keiko the Orca) gets caught in their net. Despite their best efforts to save him, his family leaves him behind, and he is taken away to a local amusement park.
Sometime later in Washington, Jesse (Jason James Richter), a young 12-year-old boy who has been on the streets since he was abandoned by his mother six years before, gets caught by [...]
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the director of "Free Willy"?
Simon Wincer is an Australian director, producer, and screenwriter.
Simon Wincer has directed movies such as "Young Black Stallion", released in 2003, "D.A.R.Y.L." (1985), "Lightning Jack" (1994), "The Cup" (2011), "Operation Dumbo Drop" (1995), and "Quigley Down Under" (1990).
Simon Wincer and Richard Riehle have also worked together on "Lightning Jack", released in 1994 as Marcus.
What was the release date of "Free Willy"?
"Free Willy" was first released on Friday, July 16, 1993, in the United States. Other films released on Friday, July 16, 1993 are "Benefit of the Doubt" (dir. J. Heap), "Hocus Pocus" (dir. Kenny Ortega), and "The Thing Called Love" (dir. Peter Bogdanovich)Release date for the United States:
- Friday, July 16, 1993
- Friday, February 11, 1994