Free Willy 3: The Rescue

1997 PG 1h 25m DVD

Free Willy 3: The Rescue

1997 PG 1h 25m DVD
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Keiko, the Orca star of the Free Willy franchise, is back in this third adventure, which finds Willy happily acclimated to the ocean and having a child in the waters off the Pacific Northwest coast. But there's still danger out there, as Willy's human pal, Jesse (Jason James Richter), discovers when he encounters a local fishing boat illegally harvesting whales.
Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Annie Corley, Patrick Kilpatrick, Vincent Berry, Tasha Simms, Peter LaCroix, Stephen E. Miller, Ian Tracey, Matthew Walker, Roger R. Cross, Rick Burgess, Roman Danylo
Sam Pillsbury
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this third film in the series has a slower, more deliberate pace (and a shorter running time) and a bedtime-story feel to this nature-loving sequel. That's good, since the audience for this sequel to the popular original aimed this film at 5- and 6-year-olds. Most older kids will find the eco-lessons labored andsimplistic. This film touts animal rights and vegetarianism. Some kids may want to become vegetarians after watching this film. On that note, a little boy faces down his fisherman/whaler father about the morality of Dad's occupation. Parents should decide how they want to present animal-rights issues to their children before acquiring this video.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Threatened whale harpoonings. One (human) barroom brawl.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Whale savior Jesse pointedly steals his employer's boat ... but it's for yet another heroic mission.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drunkenness among the adults.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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