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Luna: Spirit of the Whale (2007)

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TV Movie | 90 min | Drama, Family

Mike Maquinna returns to his home town of Gold River on Vancouver Island to attend the funeral of his father, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations Chief Ambrose Maquinna. With a troubled past including alcoholism, Mike does not intend on ...See moreMike Maquinna returns to his home town of Gold River on Vancouver Island to attend the funeral of his father, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations Chief Ambrose Maquinna. With a troubled past including alcoholism, Mike does not intend on staying to claim his rightful place as Chief, but intends on returning to his current life as a logger in Bella Coola. Meanwhile, a lone Orca whale - dubbed Luna by western media - has been spotted in the area, the whale unusually socialized to boats and humans. Luna, suspected to be a missing juvenile from a pod now living south of the area in Puget Sound, becomes a public sensation, both as a spectacle and a human interest story. The Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) administration, led by Ted Jeffries, plans on reuniting Luna with his pod, which means capturing the young Orca. This move by DFO does not sit well with Mike and the band, who see the spirit of Ambrose inhabited within Luna. They feel it best for Luna to decide where he chooses to live. This issue - in combination with caring for a troubled band youth, Adam Ross - reintegrates Mike into his band life. The band does have an ally in local DFO officer Jill Mackay, who - behind the scenes - is continually butting heads with her boss, Jeffries, the public face of the DFO. Written by Huggo See less
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May 13, 2007 (Canada)

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Adam Beach
Mike Maquinna Mike Maquinna   See fewer
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Graham Greene
Bill Louis Bill Louis   See fewer
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Jason Priestley
Ted Jeffries Ted Jeffries   See fewer
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Tantoo Cardinal
Gloria Maquinna Gloria Maquinna   See fewer
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Erin Karpluk
Jill Mackay Jill Mackay   See fewer
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Michelle Harrison
Jane Kimball Jane Kimball   See fewer
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David Lewis
Murray Novak Murray Novak   See fewer
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Tom McBeath
Ernie Ivers Ernie Ivers   See fewer
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Gerald Auger
Ambrose Ambrose   See fewer
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Gabriel George
Young Mike - Age 9 Young Mike - Age 9   See fewer
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Nels Lennarson
Chris Bardecki Chris Bardecki   See fewer
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David Abbott
Priest Priest   See fewer
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Juan Riedinger
Deckhand Deckhand   See fewer
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Alf Humphreys
Police Seargeant Police Seargeant   See fewer
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Sharon Heath
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Brenda Crichlow
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Doug Herbert
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Stephen Dimopoulos
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Graeme Duffy
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Chris Nowland
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Adam Behr
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Trevor Lerner
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6.2 / 10 | 201 votes