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A pair of children befriend an eccentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the whales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life hard in the village.

  1. Michael Morpurgo

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Clive Rees


Top Billed Cast

  1. Paul Scofield

    Paul Scofield

    The Birdman

  2. David Threlfall

    David Threlfall

    Jack Jenkins

  3. Helen Mirren

    Helen Mirren

    Clemmie Jenkins

  4. Helen Pearce

    Gracie Jenkins

  5. Max Rennie

    Daniel Pender

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When the Whales Came



Status Released

Release Information

  • March 28, 1989


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

Budget -

Revenue -



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