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Big Miracle is a family drama starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski Dermot Mulroney, Kristen Bell with a great performance from Ted Danson. Directed by Ken Kwapis, the film is based on the 1989 book 'Freeing the Whales' by Tom Rose, which covers Operation Breakthrough, the 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska. The film was released on February 3, 2012.
It's amazing how a true story can capture the hearts of so many people across the world. This rescue adventure tells the tale of a small town news reporter and an animal-loving volunteer who become joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.
Big Miracle - gray whale and human diver
Three California gray whales, trapped in a hole in the ice of the Arctic Circle, are discovered by television news reporter Adam Carlson (John Krasinski). Their plight is publicized after he does a feature on them, which he hopes might be his opportunity to move up to a larger TV market. His news story draws international attention and sets into motion a massive effort to free the whales from the ice.
He is joined by Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) an outspoken
environmentalist, and also his ex-girlfriend.
With time running out, Rachel and Adam rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military who set aside their differences to 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 set against in a Cold War, leading to a temporary thaw in diplomatic relations.
The official website: www.everybodyloveswhales.com
Big Miracle - advertising film poster
Warner Bros. bought the screenplay by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler in April 2009, and in the following June, Kwapis was attached to
direct the film. In September 2010, with Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski cast in the starring roles, filming began in Seward.
The movie had a production budget of $30 to $40 million. The film crew constructed sets in Anchorage to resemble places in Barrow during the whale rescue. Filming lasted for 10
Visual effects on Big Miracle were created by Rhythm and Hues Studios and Modus FX.
Critical responseThe film received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film currently holds a rating of 74% based on 95 reviews. The site's consensus was: "Big Miracle uses real-life events as the basis for a surprisingly satisfying family
drama." Metacritic currently holds a score of 61 based on 28
With the ice freezing over, the race is on to save the whales
The film opened with $2,267,385 takings on its opening day, ranking at #4 behind Chronicle, The Woman in Black, and The Grey at the box office. The film grossed $7,760,205 on its opening weekend and remained at the same spot. On its second weekend the film dropped to #8, with $3,946,050.
- $40,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend - 5th and 10th of February 1012 (depending on location)
$7,760,205 (USA) (5 February 2012)
Big Miracle - a Universal picture
$17,605,685 (USA) (19 February 2012)
$2,263,515 (USA) (19 February 2012)
Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | Dolby Digital
Big Miracle official trailer
Panavision Panaflex Lightweight, Panavision Primo Lenses Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo Lenses Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory - Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film negative format (mm/video inches)
35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic process- Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format) Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed film format - 35 mm (anamorphic) D-Cinema
Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
Several amazing experiences occur throughout this movie and at the end with the credits rolling. First, this family drama sustains an elevated, compelling appeal over the entire movie that has rarely been obtained in recent memory with any movie using many well edited scenes with excellent pacing.
one of the
best "feel-good" movies in years that depicts a
real life event, focusing on the convergence of polar opposites in political life to merge
into a superb animal story with the world caught up in the
struggle to rescue a trapped whale family.
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
Bless the Beasts and Children (1971)
Fly Away Home (1996)
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
The Whale Rider (2002)
A gray whale surfacing - www.aquariumofpacific.org
"Drew Barrymore film will be shot in Alaska". Anchorage Daily News 10-6-2010 http://www.adn.com/2010/06/11/1319289/hollywood-comes-to-alaska.html
"John Krasinski Joins Drew Barrymore in Family Flick 'Whales'" 2010-04-30
"Drew Barrymore To Star In ‘Everybody Loves Whales’"
"Kristen Bell Joining 'Everybody Loves Whales'" 2010-06-25
"Ted Danson and Vinessa Shaw Join 'Everybody Loves Whales'" 2010-11-08.
"Ken Kwapis circles 'Whales' drama" http://www.variety.com/ June 4, 2009
"'Everybody Loves Whales' crew begins filming in Anchorage" Anchorage Daily New http://www.adn.com/2010/09/16/1458225/whales-begins-filming-in-anchorage.html
"Big Miracle Movie Reviews, Pictures – Rotten Tomatoes" Flixster http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_miracle/ 2012-02-4
"Big Miracle Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic" CBS Interactive http://www.metacritic.com/movie/big-miracle 2012-02-4
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Drew Barrymore and a trapped gray whale
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This modern adventure story by Jameson Hunter is due to be released in 2012 as an ebook
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