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Cove, The (2009)

Director(s): Louie Psihoyos

Theatrical Release: 2009

Cast: Richard O'Barry, Simon Hutchins, Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, Kirk Krack, David Rastovich, Louie Psihoyos

Genre(s): Documentary, nature, crime, Thriller

Countries: USA

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Running Time: 96m.

In the 1960s, Richard O'Barry enjoyed a lucrative career as a specialized animal trainer; he captured the five dolphins that were used in the popular television series Flipper, and taught them the tricks and special commands they used on the show. Four decades later, O'Barry has renounced his former life as a trainer and become an animal rights activist, speaking out against the hunting of aquatic mammals and keeping them in captivity. O'Barry is not welcome in Taiji, a town along the Japanese coast where hunting dolphins is a major part of the local economy, but he and a group of activist filmmakers made their way into the city as well as the carefully guarded harbor in hopes of documenting the abuse of dolphins by fisherman and the poisoning of the waters that has taken a toll on the marine ecology. O'Barry and his colleagues captured some beautiful underwater footage as well as shocking images of how the town's fisherman have sullied the dolphins and their habitat, and director Louie Psihoyos has used this material as the basis for the documentary The Cove, which received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. (

Member Reviews

excellent documentary, or was it an espionage thriller? by antman - April 12, 2010
i'm not one to typically watch nature docs. nothing against them, i'm just not into them. as such, i naturally wasn't interested in watching the cove when we first received the dvd. upon first glance, it seems like a save-the-dolphin type doc. but then i saw the trailer for it. and couldn't wait to watch it. do yourself a favor - whether you love nature docs or hate 'em - watch this movie...especially if you love other suspenseful docs like man on wire or the thriller genre in general.