When the Whales Came



Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 429

Keywords:   island, beach, based on children's book, 1910s, whale, cornwall, england, hermit, puffin

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
March 31, 2022 at 08:14 PM



Helen Mirren as Clemmie Jenkins
Dexter Fletcher as Big Tim
David Suchet as Will
David Threlfall as Jack Jenkins
883.89 MB
English 2.0
25 fps
1 hr 36 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 9 / 10

Beautiful adaptation of a charming story

When the Whales Came, based upon Michael Morpurgo's charming story, is a beautiful well-meaning film, that I do think is worthy of a lot more praise than it is given. The cinematography and scenery were gorgeous, and so was the enchanting music score. The part when the villagers drive the Narwhal into the sea was such a poignant moment. The script was fine and so was the direction and the acting. The two children are believable, and Helen Mirren and David Suchet, two exceptional actors give fine support. Though the real kudos have to go to Paul Scofield, who was fantastic, and to Jeremy Kemp as Mr Wellbeloved, who wasn't only warm and loving towards the children, but it was also an altogether sensitive portrayal. My only minor complaint with the movie was the pace, it was a tad slow, but overall this film is beautiful. 9/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Lesser-known, but engrossing

WHEN THE WHALES CAME is a lesser-known but engrossing adaptation of a Michael Morpurgo novel, made with more heart and realism than a dozen WAR HORSEs. It's shot on location in the Scilly Isles and features a WW1 plot involving islanders attempting to survive in the usual harsh conditions. As usual for Morpurgo, when the war arrives lives are affected forever, while a couple of islander kids befriend an old recluse and discover his secret. A fine cast do justice to the material here, with grizzled Paul Scofield as the cranky old-timer, Helen Mirren, Barbara Ewing and David Threlfall as the impoverished parents, and even the likes of Jeremy Kemp and David Suchet in more minor roles. The story is slow but atmospheric, keeping you guessing throughout, and there are many magical moments.

Reviewed by Prismark10 5 / 10

The scilly whales

When the Whales Came is a low key adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book. It is set in the Scilly islands in 1914, just at the outbreak of World War One.

Gracie and Daniel are two children living in this impoverished island fishing community. The local school is stern, Daniel's father is sterner.

Gracie faces tragedy as her father went off to fight in the war and was reported to be killed.

Both children befriend Birdman (Paul Scofield.) This deaf old man lives an isolated life, doing wood carvings.

When Birdman finds a beached whale, he wants to push it back out to the sea. The islanders wants the whale for the money it will bring them.

The Birdman tells a story of what happened when the last time the whales were beached up in Samson. He was a little boy then and greed bought tragedy with it.

With eerie, haunting music, this is charming simple tale with an ecological subtext. It is a bit slow to get going.

It portrays life in this gloomy harsh small island environment. Even in 1914, Gracie's father is fearful what life is going to be like for his child when she grows up.

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