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Big Miracle

A movie directed by Ken Kwapis

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'Big Miracle' 'Two Jews On Film' Have A Whale Of A Time With This True Story (Video)

  • Feb 2, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

Before I sat down to watch 'Big Miracle' directed by Ken Kwapis, I knew two things...that I was going tocry...and that I was going to love this film.  And I am happy to report...that's exactly what happened.  

'Big Miracle' is a true story that takes place in 1988.  

Regan is about to leave office and he's worried that his spotty environmental record will hurt the chances of George Bush Sr. from getting elected.  

The Cold War is on the verge of ending, but Russia and the U.S. are far from being BFF'S.
Eskimos hunt whales for food and oil companies are bidding to see who gets drilling rights to Alaska's pristine coast.  And...

Three gray whales...a mother, (Wilma) a dad (Fred) and their baby (Bam Bam) are trapped by the rapidly forming ice near the Artic Circle.

 Luckily for them, they have Greenpeace volunteer, Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) and her ex boyfriend, news-reporter, Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) on their side...

As well as the Eskimos, The White House, the U.S. military led by (Dermot Mulroney), an oil executive (Ted Danson), Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and eventually the Russians.   All these people, with the world watching, come together to save these magnificent creatures.

It's fascinating to see a true story that happened in a time when I-Phones, Twitter and Facebook didn't exist.  It's good to be reminded that even without social media, somehow...we all managed to communicate with one another and even...got things done.

What I especially enjoyed, was the real life footage the director used. We watch Rather, Jennings and Brokaw report on the actual event as it unfolded some 23 years ago.

'Big Miracle' is funny, heartwarming, thrilling and it even manages to throw in some romance.  It's a great film for the family and for anyone...who just wants to leave a movie theatre feeling good about humanity.  

Luckily for John, he liked it as well.  If he didn't, it may have been grounds for divorce.  Check out our video to see our bagel rating and listen to the Two Jews On Film imitate a whale.

'Big Miracle' opens in theatres Friday, February 3, 2012...Don't miss it.
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February 03, 2012
I LOVE whales and, yes, Drew Barrymore. This sounds like a great inspirational movie!
February 03, 2012
It is. Can't wait to see what you think.
February 02, 2012
Heh. John liked this one too eh? I saw a somewhat similar premise some years ago..."A Whale for the Killing"...This sounds good, and I do like whales LOL!
February 03, 2012
I'm sure the whales would like you too Will.
February 02, 2012
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Star Rating:         An international effort to free three gray whales – Bonnet, Crossbeak, and Bone – briefly made headlines in October of 1988. In the Beaufort Sea near the town of Point Barrow, Alaska, an Inuit hunter discovered the whales trapped beneath pack ice; using only chainsaws and water pumps, the hunter and his fellow villagers took it upon themselves to cut through the ice and attempt to lead the whales towards open water. A week later, word …
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Director: Ken Kwapis
Screen Writer: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler

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