Big Miracle (2012)

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In small town Alaska, Adam Carlson a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend Rachel, a Greenpeace volunteer, on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Adam names the whales Fred, Wilma, and the infant Bamm-Bamm. Drawn into the collaborative rescue work are several normally hostile factions: Inupiat whale hunters, a Greenpeace environmental activist, an oil executive, ambitious news reporters, the National Guard, the American president and politicians on the state, national and international levels. Also joining in the effort are two entrepreneurs from Minnesota, who provide de-icing machines to help keep the hole open. Finally an enormous Soviet ice-breaker ship arrives to remove the last barrier before the whales die. The ship's first attempt doesn't work and leaves only a dent. The ice is finally broken and the adult whales Fred and Wilma escape the ice. Sadly, the infant whale Bamm-Bamm dies from injuries and does not surface again.

Cast: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski

Crew: Ken Kwapis (Director)

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Family

Release Dates: 03 Feb 2012 (India)

English Name: Big Miracle

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Did you know? The sportscaster shown at the end of the archived news clip is Sarah Palin, before she became the Governor of Alaska and Vice President nominee around two decades after the events depicted in the movie. Read More
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Supporting Actor

Direction

Director
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Goofs:
Factual Mistake
Throughout the film, nobody's breath appears when they are outdoors, especially given the frigid temperatures that they were reporting.

Continuity
When the Green Peace activist dives under the ice in a wetsuit, she has red thermal gloves on. While submerged and using her knife to cut away the net on the baby whale's fluke, her bare hands are visible. When she surfaces, the red gloves are back on again.
Trivia:
The movie was filmed under the working title "Everybody Loves Whales." John Krasinski's character, Adam Carlson, pays homage to the working title when he says that "everybody loves whales" in a particular scene.

The sportscaster shown at the end of the archived news clip is Sarah Palin, before she became the Governor of Alaska and Vice President nominee around two decades after the events depicted in the movie.

Much of the footage for the film was shot in and around Anchorage, Alaska. The ice scenes were filmed at Beluga Point south of Anchorage, and several scenes which in the film took place in California were actually shot on location in the Turnagain neighborhood in west Anchorage: plants native to Southern California were used to dress the houses in those scenes. Real Alaska National Guardsmen were used to play the Guardsmen in the film.

One of the reporters shown in the movie is played by Jackie Purcell, real-life chief meteorologist for KTUU-NBC Channel 2 in Anchorage, Alaska - the station for which Adam Carlson, John Krasinski's character, works in the film.

According to an article on the Greenpeace website, the Rachel Kramer character ('Drew Barrymore') is based on Greenpeace wildlife campaigner, Cindy Lowry, who appears in the closing credits in archival footage.