Another big-budget monster movie from producer Dino de Laurentiis, Orca concerns the mutual revenge pact between an obsessive whaler (Richard Harris) and an angry killer whale, whose pregnant mate Harris killed. The whale strikes back by biting off Bo Derek's leg, so Harris and concerned biologist Charlotte Rampling follow it to frozen northern waters for the climactic showdown. Just in case you like Jaws better than Moby Dick, there's a killer shark thrown in for good measure. Ponderous, pretentious, and dull, this opportunistic disaster fittingly sank at the box office. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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I loved Jaws, a huge classic, and was expecting not too much from Orca. But then I found that this movie goes in another direction, less scary, more human. The story is beautiful (and tragic), as well as the photography. Today they could improve its special effects but not its charme.
Being this movie came out before jaws, it definately for its time,was a great movie!It centered on two main characters,the man and the orca.Really drew you in and you felt for both.I highly recommend it!Very dramatic, very scary at times.