Big Miracle

Big Miracle (2012)

A family of whales trapped beneath the ice. One unforgettable rescue.

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 2012-02-02
  • User Rating: 6.65/10 from 417 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 47min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: Ken Kwapis
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From 417 Ratings


Based on an inspiring true story, a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. ‘Big Miracle’ is adapted from the nonfiction book ‘Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event’ by Tom Rose.


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  • Drew Barrymore

    as Rachel Kramer
  • John Krasinski

    as Adam Carlson
  • Kristen Bell

    as Jill Jerard
  • Vinessa Shaw

    as Kelly Meyers
  • Dermot Mulroney

    as Colonel Scott Boyer
  • Ted Danson

    as J. W. McGraw
  • Kathy Baker

    as Ruth McGraw
  • Tim Blake Nelson

    as Pat Lafaytette
  • Stephen Root

    as Governor Haskell
  • John Michael Higgins

    as Wes Handrick
  • Bruce Altman

    as Chief of Staff
  • Andrew Daly

    as Don Davis
  • Thomas R. Daly

    as Frank
  • Thom Van Dorp

    as Don Carr
  • Kent Smith

    as Stu
  • Rob Riggle

    as Dean Glowacki
  • James Le Gros

    as Karl Hootkin
  • Brett Baker

    as Barrow Street Reporter
  • Stefan Kapičić

    as Yuri
  • Mark Ivanir

    as Dimitri
  • Shea Whigham

    as SAR Pilot Conrad
  • Sarah Palin

    as Herself
  • Michael Gaston

    as Porter Beckford
  • John Chase

    as Roy
  • Ahmaogak Sweeney

    as Nathan
  • John Pingayak

    as Malik
  • Maliaq Kairaiuak

    as Dana
  • Maeve Blake

    as Shayna Dobler
  • Hillarie Putnam

    as Minneapolis Reporter
  • Gregory Jbara

    as General Stanton
  • Robert Forgit

    as Prudhoe Bay Reporter
  • Maury Ginsberg

    as News Producer
  • Kelly Lee Williams

    as News Producer
  • Wayne Mitchell

    as News Producer
  • R.F. Daley

    as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Shanette Harper

    as Greenpeace Volunteer
  • Quinn K. Redeker

    as President Reagan
  • Jason Martin

    as Rich
  • Princess Lucaj

    as Hotel Clerk
Camera John Bailey Director of Photography
Sound Cliff Eidelman Original Music Composer
Art Nelson Coates Production Design
Directing Ken Kwapis Director
Writing Jack Amiel Screenplay
Writing Michael Begler Screenplay
Art Scott Meehan Art Direction
Writing Thomas Rose Author
Lighting Justin Hammond Lighting Technician
Visual Effects Julie D'Antoni Visual Effects Producer
Sound Kirsten Lane Music Consultant