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      When the Whales Came

      PG 1989 1h 40m Kids & Family Drama List
      60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 86% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Children and an outcast old man (Paul Scofield) try to lift a British isle's curse by saving a stranded narwhal in 1914. Read More Read Less

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Loving the whales and loving this movie are two different enterprises, and to the degree that When the Whales Came makes the fate of the whales seem like a dreary and boring subject, it is likely to harm the cause. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 11, 2005 Full Review Andy Klein New Times Rated: 2/5 May 29, 2004 Full Review Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Rated: 3/5 Nov 1, 2002 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice English film that powerfully and practically speaks to the communal dimension of our responsibility to the natural world. Sep 1, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      isla s I found this film a decent watch. The pace is a little slow in parts and towards the end, it has a darker tone to it and becomes somewhat thought provoking, due to what comes to light. It made me think about the consequences of things that people end up involved in - there's definitely a strong element of social morality and conscience. There's an allegorical side to it, with the film set on a seemingly somewhat idyllic island, when there are some less than lovely things going on. Nothing awful - just a bit grim and we learn about peoples recollections of history and the like. I liked that it had, ultimately, a sense of optimism - something we could do with more of, frankly. From a film perspective, I enjoyed seeing Helen Mirren in a film from the late 80s (which this is). I hadn't seen her in many roles from over 2 decades ago - thats why I decided to watch this film. The music isn't too 'in your face' I'd say, its perhaps a little over sentimentalised maybe, but only just - it certainly didn't put me off the film to any large extent. It also pushes home the optimistic elements of the story, which was nice. Overall I'd say its worth a watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Lovely little story from the most lovely little Islands on earth! Plus I recently found out my new friends are actually in it, so cool :o) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member watched it when i was a kid and loved it Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Incredibly intense action film. Tom cruise was top notch. Quite possibly the most badass movie ever put on film. Five stars. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A lovely little film with a sound ecological message. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Michael Morpurgo's Why the Whales Came book. Film not quite up to book standards but lovely none-the-less. Especially lovely if you have been to the Scillys. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Children and an outcast old man (Paul Scofield) try to lift a British isle's curse by saving a stranded narwhal in 1914.
      Clive Rees
      Simon Channing Williams
      Kids & Family, Drama
      Original Language
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 40m
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