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When the Whales Came (1989)

PG
100 min | Drama

A pair of children befriend an accentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the narwhales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is ...See moreA pair of children befriend an accentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the narwhales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life hard in the village. Written by Kathy Li See less
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Michael Morpurgo (novel "Why the Whales Came") (screenplay)
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$37,030
Gross (US & Canada)
$73,131
Gross (World)
$73,131
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Release date
Oct 20, 1989 (United States)
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Paul Scofield
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David Threlfall
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Max Rennie
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Jeremy Kemp
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John Hallam
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Barbara Ewing
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Dexter Fletcher
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Joanna Bartholemew
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Barbara Jefford
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Irene Wilson
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Fergus Rees
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Kerra Spowart
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Keith Low
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Penny Rogers
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Frederick Warder
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Derek Pearce
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Susan Curnow
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James Stedeford
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Paul Thomas
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David Sherris
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6.4 / 10 | 335 votes