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Orca


1977       Richard Harris

Beautiful Professor Rachel Bedford (CHARLOTTE RAMPLING), a marine biologist dedicated to conserving the ocean world, conducts research on orcinus Orca, the killer whale. In her work, she tangles with rugged commercial fisherman Captain Nolan (RICHARD HARRIS) who is trying to capture a great white shark for a $250,000 bounty. Nolan's boat, the Bumpo, fouls up her underwater experiment as his crew spots a great white. The shark zeroes in on Rachel's aide Ken (ROBERT CARRADINE), in the water. Suddenly, a huge black object leaps out of the sea and the 25-foot great white is chomped in half amid swirling waters. Rachel explains it was a killer whale that devoured the shark and saved Ken's life.

A day later Captain Nolan starts building a huge holding net in a cove off the rocky northeastern Canadian coast. Rachel ridicules him, explaining that killer whales are almost human and shouldn't be captured. Undeterred, Nolan orders his crew, Novak (KEENAN WYNN), Paul (PETER HOOTEN) and Annie (BO DEREK), to keep building the pen.

In open waters,

the Bumpo encounters a pod of Orcas. From the boat's pulpit, Nolan fires a harpoon, nicking the largest killer's 10-foot dorsal fin but striking another smaller whale. A near-human cry shatters the silence. Novak ties a line onto the whale's tail and starts to haul it aboard. As the whale, bleeding from the prop cuts, swings in on the working boom, a fetus plops out of it onto the deck. It looks exactly like a human embryo. Nolan goes berserk as he grabs a fire hose and washes it off into the sea.

They cruise toward port that night when the boat lurches from several hard shocks. Nolan sees the female's mate, Nickfin, zooming in on the Bumpo. He gets a rifle and takes a bead as Nickfin slugs the boat with a violent whack, upsetting gear and crew, Annie breaking her leg. "Zigzag!" Nolan orders. The boat takes blow after blow, rocking, churning. Novak climbs the boom to cut the line holding the female whale. The Bumpo heels over with the release of the weight and Novak hangs on for dear life, dangling from the boom. A black shape leaps from the water at him. The searchlight gleam catches huge teeth chomping Novak. Whale and man drop into the depths.

After services for Novak, Nolan goes to South Harbor pier to check repair work on his boat. Al Swain (SCOTT WALKER), fishermen's union chief, approaches Nolan, advising that whales in the area drive fish away, "Our livelihood, you understand?" As divers work underwater on the Bumpo, Nickfin glides into the harbor, slams into a boat smashing its hull and sinking it.

That evening, workers bulldoze a beach area to bury the female whale which died. Rachel reads passages from Job in the bible. Nolan tells her he refuses to hunt Nickfin, but she says that the whale seeks revenge for the killing of its mate. He can't believe this and emphasizes he's not going after the whale. Umilak (WILL SAMPSON), an Indian, advises Nolan that the townsmen have organized, concerned about their boats being sunk and the fish being driven away by the whale. He advises Nolan to hunt the whale.

Rachel goes to Nolan telling him that Nickfin intends to fight him on the ocean. "Why else did he not smash your boat in the harbor?" she asks. He accuses her of wanting to see them fight each other. She denies this; then he tells her he understands Nickfin much better than she. He explains a similar experience, the death of his pregnant wife and unborn child at the hands of a wrong-way drunk driver. Now she understands and sympathizes.

That night Nickfin glides into the harbor and smashes two more fishing boats, at the same time wrecking a pier and breaking a fuel line. The shock knocks down a lighted lantern in a pier shed. Before long the pier and other boats are aflame, fire sweeping up fuel lines to huge storage tanks at the edge of town. Volunteer firemen quell the blaze, and now the townfolk want the Bumpo to leave immediately. Nolan receives a phone call: "Go after the whale at 6 in the morning or you ain't seen nothing yet!" Nolan turns to Paul and Annie, whose leg is in a cast, and says they have to leave town in the morning, in the pickup truck. He'll send for the boat later. Nolan tells Paul to fill up the pickup's tank.

Rachel phones Nolan and warns him that a mob is gathering in the square and that he has to leave. He goes outside to pack up his gear, leaving Annie inside. Paul is not allowed to buy gasoline in towr~, and is told there are no bus tickets either. Umilak advises him there is one way out-by boat, and as a friend he will sail with the Bumpo if Nolan wants him.

In the house, Annie pours a glass of wine when suddenly the house sways and tilts crazily. Nickfin has slammed into the pilings. Nolan runs to see Annie hopping toward him on her good leg. There is a splintering, crushing sound and the house tilts even more with Annie crawling up the floor. Nolan reaches for her as another strong tremor hits. She slips down and Nickfin leaps through the wreckage in the water, chomping and disappearing quickly. Annie's leg is gone! Nolan aghast, shouts: "I'm coming, you son-of-a-bitch! I'm coming after you!"

The next morning about a thousand townfolk watch the Bumpo cruise out of South Harbor. The crew consists of Paul, Umilak, Ken and Rachel. The main cabin is an arsenal-two rifles, a .45 pistol, a sawed-off shotgun and a stack of dynamite sticks among the firearms. At sea, the Bumpo cruises along as Nolan prepares dynamite bombs.

Nickfin following, slams the boat, the lurch knocking the dynamite out of Nolan's hand, sending it skittering on deck. Rachel kicks it, the bomb bouncing back into a hatch. She grabs and throws it, diving for cover.

There is a tremendous blast above water. The whale, staying hundreds of yards ahead, leads the Bumpo northward. Several days later they reach ice floes, large icebergs. Nickfin continues leaping a good distance ahead, beckoning on a northerly course. Determined, Nolan follows. The Bumpo uses so much fuel there is no return . . . .





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CAST

Nolan .......................... RICHARD HARRIS
Rachel Bedford .......................... CHARLOTTE RAMPLING
Umilak .......................... WILL SAMPSON
Annie .......................... BO DEREK
Novak .......................... KEENAN WYNN
Ken .......................... ROBERT CARRADINE
Swain .......................... SCOTT WALKER
Paul .......................... PETER HOOTEN
Priest .......................... WAYNE HEFFLEY
Gas Station Attendant .......................... VINCENT GENTILE
Dock Worker .......................... DON "RED" BARRY


Directed by .......................... Michael Anderson
Produced by .......................... Luciano Vincenzoni
Original Story and Screenplay by.. . . Luciano Vincenzoni and Sergio Donati
Director of Photography .......................... Ted Moore B.S.C.
Music Composed and Conducted by .......................... Ennio Morricone
Production Designed by .......................... Mario Garbuglia
Film Editors .......................... Ralph E. Winters, John Bloom, Marion Rothman A Famous Films N.y. Production
The Producer wishes to acknowledge the Very Special Photographic
Contribution Made by J. Barry Herron.
Second Unit and Underwater Director .......................... Folco Quilici
Shark Sequences in Australia .......................... Ron Taylor
Production Managers, Canada .......................... Stanley Neufeld, William O'Sullivan
Unit Production Managers. . . . Les Kimber, Roberto De Laurentlis, Pino Butti
Assistant Director .......................... Brian Cook
Second Assistant Directors .......................... Peter Bennett, Terry Needham
Second Unit Assistant Directors .......................... Rob Lockwood, Flondar Brunelli
Production Assistant .......................... Giuliano Principato
Set Decorators .......................... Armando Scarano, John Godfrey
Continuity Supervisor .......................... Angela Allen
Camera Operators .......................... John S. Harris, Jack Atcheler
Focus Puller .......................... David Wynn-Jones
Assistant Cameraman .......................... Roger Berner
Still Photographer .......................... Alfonso Avincola
Art Directors .......................... Boris Juraga, Ferdinando Giovannoni
Underwater Camera Operator .......................... Vittorio Dragonetti
Assistant Underwater Camera Operator .......................... Massimiliano Sano
Underwater Gaffer .......................... lgnazio Maccarone
Underwater Stuntman .......................... Emilio Messina
Sound Mixer .......................... John Bramall
Re-Recording Mixer .......................... Trevor Pyke
Boom Man .......................... William Cook
Key Grip .......................... Ray Hall
Gaffer .......................... Maurice Gillett
Property Masters .......................... Allan Jack Gordon, Bill Mac Sems
Make-Up Artist .......................... Neville Smallwood
Hair Stylist .......................... Jorge Paris
Wardrobe .......................... Philippe Pickford
Wardrobe Assistant .......................... Ian Hickinbotham
Special Effects .......................... Alex C. Weldon
Chemical Effects .......................... Rinaldo Campoli
Mechanical Effects .......................... Jim Hole, Giuseppe Carrozza
Set Painter .......................... Guglielmo Modestini
Construction Co-Ordinator .......................... Aldo Puccini
Miniature Co-Ordinator .......................... Fernando Valento
Stunt Co-Ordinator .......................... Romario Puppo
Costume Designer .......................... Jost Jakob
Post Production Supervisor .......................... Phil Tucker
Supervisor of Photographic Effects .......................... Frank Van Der Veer
Sound Effects by .......................... Nick Stevenson, Winston Ryder
Music Editor .......................... Michael Clifford
Assistant Film Editor .......................... Chris Kelly
Unit Publicists .......................... Jack Pyler, Lou Dyer
Location Auditor .......................... Morris Nierenburg
Production Auditor .......................... Gordon Kee
Production Accounting .......................... Luciano Tartaglia
Music Recorded at .......................... Orthophonic
Titles by .......................... Van Der Veer Photo
Sea Camera Stabilization by .......................... Tyler Camera Systems

For Marine World Africa USA, San Francisco Bay-Redwood City

Director of Training: Sonny Allen.

Marine Mammal Trainer: Frank Strzalkowski.

Casting by Joyce Selznick & Associates

Filmed in Panavision®

Colour by Technicolor®







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