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Namu, the Killer Whale (1966)

Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether star in this warm and compelling family drama about a compassionate scientist who forms an unlikely friendship with a magnificent killer whale. In HD.


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Lansing ... Hank Donner
John Anderson ... Joe Clausen
Robin Mattson ... Lisa Rand
Richard Erdman ... Deke
Lee Meriwether ... Kate Rand
Joe Higgins ... Burt
Michael Shea Michael Shea ... Nick
Clara Tarte Clara Tarte ... Carrie
Edwin Rochelle ... Charlie


Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether star in this warm and compelling family drama about a compassionate scientist who forms an unlikely friendship with a magnificent killer whale. In HD.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


When You're Six Tons -- And They Call You Killer -- It's Hard To Make Friends... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild peril | See all certifications »






Release Date:

1 August 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Namu, My Best Friend See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stock music by Robert Van Eps and Dominic Frontiere was integrated into Samuel Matlovsky's original score for "Namu". Van Eps' music was composed for "The Outer Limits" TV segment entitled "Tourist Attraction", which was directed by Namu's László Benedek. The ominous-sounding cues were used for the amphibious fish-monsters, the Ichthyosaurs. See more »


When Lisa runs to her mother coming out of her store, Kate already has her custom fitted wet suit top on underneath her sweater. After arriving at the cove, Kate runs to the trailer to change, and as a seemingly afterthought, grabs a pair of wet suit bottoms to change in to. When Kate runs down to the dock she's wearing her custom top, form fitting bottoms and neoprene booties, all of which fit perfectly, yet none of this would fit either of the two men stationed there (Hank or Deke). See more »


Referenced in The A-Team: Incident at Crystal Lake (1985) See more »


The Ballad of Namu the Killer Whale (Live and Let Live)
Written by Tom Glazer
Sung by Tom Glazer
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Real Orca, Fictional Story
26 December 2013 | by kathrynm1000See all my reviews

I was a child in Port Orchard when the captive orca was penned in Rich Cove. As a depiction of an orca in captivity the story is fine. There are some pretty significant fictions depicted in the movie however.

One is that the orca was intensively studied while penned there; he was actually being held captive while the captor attempted to sell him.

Also, there was no community enmity towards the creature. The bullies in our town were far too busy beating some of us humans up to bother with the orca.

We kids loved seeing him and rode our bicycles or stopped on family outings to admire him. Port Orchard is not a fishing town, and even then this region admired and loved the orcas as one of our greatest regional icons.

Set aside reality and enjoy the film if you like. But come up to Puget Sound and see them in the wild, where they belong.

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