Free Willy



When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, with the help of kindly whale trainer Rae Lindley, develop a routine of tricks. However, greedy park owner Dial soon catches wind of the duo and makes plans to profit from them.

  1. Keith Walker


  2. Corey Blechman


  3. Simon Wincer


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jason James Richter

    Jason James Richter


  2. Lori Petty

    Lori Petty

    Rae Lindley

  3. August Schellenberg

    August Schellenberg

    Randolph Johnson

  4. Michael Madsen

    Michael Madsen

    Glen Greenwood

  5. Jayne Atkinson

    Jayne Atkinson

    Annie Greenwood

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Free Willy
Free Willy



Status Released

Release Information

  • July 16, 1993


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 52m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $153,698,625.00



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