Orca: The Killer Whale

Theatrical Release: July 22, 1977
DVD Release: September 14, 2004
Orca: The Killer Whale


Neurotic whaler Nolan (Richard Harris) faces off with an enraged killer whale after he kills the whale’s pregnant mate. Attempting to get a message across to Nolan, the whale attacks an innocent woman named Annie (Bo Derek), biting off her leg. This prompts Nolan and distressed biologist Rachel (Charlotte Rampling) to track the whale as it heads north, setting the scene for an intense confrontation.

Dove Review

A group of men set sail to capture a killer whale for profit. They make the mistake of capturing his female instead, and her baby dies along with her. This means doomsday for the men as the killer whale intends to have his vengeance. This is a suspenseful story at times but it features a lot of death and blood.

Despite the questions the movie raises, such as should men seek the whales for profit, and the idea of retribution by the whale species, the film includes strong language too and we are therefore unable to award our Dove Seal to the movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing by a couple; man and woman seen in bed and there's implied sex; a woman hugs a man lying down but it is for comfort.
Language: J-3; GD-1; D-6; H-8; Sc*ew-1; G-4; Mother of God-1; P-1; SOB-2
Violence: Shark chases man; whale hits shark and there is blood; killer whale shot with harpoon; another whale harpooned and there is blood; boat propeller hits whale and it bleeds; whale dies while giving birth; whale gets man off ship and kills him; whale rips off character's leg; another man killed by whale and there is blood; ice falls on man and he's buried alive; corpse thrown off ice.
Drugs: Smoking; drinking.
Nudity: Shirtless men.
Other: The topic of death and grief and killing whales for profit.


Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Writer: Luciano Vincenzoni (story) and Sergio Donati (writer)
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Richard Harris Charlotte Rampling Will Sampson Bo Derek Keenan Wynn
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter