|A heartwrenching and poignant horror. (C'mon, you know it gets to you too...)
Canadian sea game hunter Captain Nolan (Harris) attempts to capture a killer whale. But instead, he maims and kills the poor creature who turns out to be female and pregnant.
Witnessing his mate's murder, a male killer whale begins a far-reaching journey of personal revenge that culminates in a powerful one-on-one showdown.
Harris is good as the unsympathetic Nolan, full of a raw, rough-edged insensitivity his character can never fully transcend.
Too often compared - unfairly - to JAWS, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark classic, Orca is surprisingly good and really deserves a place all its own: it's a tragic love story with razor sharp teeth of retribution.
And that memorably icy climax gets us every time.
Beautiful score by Ennio Morricone as well as a touching closing ballad.
Also known as Orca: The Killer Whale.