Big Miracle

Movie information

Rated PG: Parental Guidance Suggested (Some Material May Not Be Suitable for Children) -- Rated PG for language.
Released on:
February 3, 2012  

Previously Announced Release Dates:
January 13, 2012

Production Companies:
Anonymous Content, Working Title Films
Universal Pictures

Status: Released

This film was Previously Known As:
"Whales" & "Everybody Loves Whales"

Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Danson, Vinessa Shaw, Rob Riggle, Andrew Daly

Director: Ken Kwapis

Screenwriter: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Adventure, Family, True Story
About the film:
Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

Local newsman Adam Carlson (Krasinski) can't wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it, too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost, the one who worries Adam the most is Rachel Kramer (Barrymore). Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she's also his ex-girlfriend.

With time running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales. As the world's attention turns to the top of the globe, saving these endangered animals becomes a shared cause for nations entrenched against one another and leads to a momentary thaw in the Cold War.
Rated PG for language.

Project Timeline:
Jun. 4, 2009: Director: Ken Kwapis
Feb. 24, 1010: Cast: Drew Barrymore
Apr. 29, 2010: Cast: John Krasinski
Jun. 21, 2010: Cast: Kristen Bell
Aug. 4, 2010: Cast: Tim Blake Nelson
Aug. 31, 2010: Cast: Ted Danson, Vinessa Shaw
Jul. 29, 2011: Release Date: February 3, 2012
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Related links:
  • Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event - The Book
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    Jody – GMSZSahmLJOVrhmb
    October 25, 2011 - 17:36
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    God help me, I put aside a whole afternoon to fgirue this out.