Namu: My Best Friend

1966 PG 1h 29m DVD

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Namu: My Best Friend

1966 PG 1h 29m DVD
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Biologist Hank (Robert Lansing) discovers his calling when he studies an Orca whale. The sea creature becomes more than a subject of his research and morphs into a friend -- one that Hank must protect when locals decide he's threatening their livelihood. With the help of a kindhearted woman and her child, Hank may be able to save his pal. Award-winning director László Benedek crafts a riveting story.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
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 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
  • Robert Lansing
  • John Anderson
  • Robin Mattson
  • Richard Erdman
  • Lee Meriwether
  • Joe Higgins
  • Michael Sheard
  • Clara Tarte
  • Edwin Rochelle
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Reviews

age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Namu: My Best Friend is a family film that's meant to debunk myths about killer whales. The film contains several scenes of mild peril. In an opening scene, a whale is shown eating other sea life and blood is shown. A whale is shown dying, but without any blood or gore. There's talk of a child whose father is rumored to have drowned in a sea accident. Also, casual, everyday smoking is shown without consequence, and a wide range of characters are portrayed as gun-toting in this outdoorsy Washington state setting.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.

Violence

The film contains scenes of mild peril. In an opening scene, a whale is shown eating other sea life and blood is shown. A whale is shown dying, but without any blood or gore. In a few scenes, there is tension between adult characters: In one case, a man takes a shotgun from another man whose aim was to use it; in another, a man grabs a man by the lapels and intimidates him. A man is bumped and chased around in a rowboat by a whale. A kid feeds a whale a piece of fish with hooks stuffed in it, causing the whale great distress.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Namu: My Best Friend espouses positive messages supporting curiosity about nature, appreciation for animals, tolerance for things we don't understand, with an overall pro-preservation, pro-science stance.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The film features a few instances of casual cigarette smoking typical of the era.

  • 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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