Big Miracle Movie A family of whales trapped beneath the ice, one unforgettable rescue.


Big Miracle

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2012 | PG | Drama Romance | 1hr, 47m

A fact-based film about the 1988 rescue of a trio of California gray whales that got trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

U.S. Release Date

Big Miracle release date was Friday, February 3, 2012. in 2,128 theaters

On Blu-ray & DVD

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Directed by

Ken Kwapis


Jack Amiel
Michael Begler


Rating MPAA

PG for language

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The tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local newsman Adam Carlson (Krasinski) can’t wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it, too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost, the one who worries Adam the most is Rachel Kramer (Barrymore). Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she’s also his ex-girlfriend. With time running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales. As the world’s attention turns to the top of the globe, saving these endangered animals becomes a shared cause for nations entrenched against one another and leads to a momentary thaw in the Cold War.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • Based on a true story.

Also Known As

  • Whales
  • Everybody Loves Whales

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