Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
Synopsis of Movie
When we last left boy/whale buddies Jesse and Willy, Jesse had found happiness with foster parents Glen and Annie Greenwood and Willy had found freedom in the seas with his killer whale kin. The pair had also found about $75 million in U.S. box-office receipts (plus oodles more in international and videocassette sales), which certainly didn’t hurt the chances of their having a reunion in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home.
The second film picks up two years after the first, with Jesse still living fairly happily with the Greenwoods. The young man’s life is thrown for a loop when he learns his biological mother has died, leaving him in charge of a kid brother he never knew he had. Elvis, as the younger sib is called, mirrors the adolescent rebellion Jesse worked to overcome in the first film. Out on a sailing trip, Jesse is reunited with old orca pal Willy, who runs into a problem of his own.
An enormous oil tanker crashes in an ecologically sensitive area, and the spill threatens to destroy the whales’ marine habitat. Jesse’s family is also put in danger (along with new love interest Nadine) when evil tycoon Wilcox gets in on the action. Once again, boy and whale must work together to save the whales and save the day.
The film reunited most of the human leads from the first film, but Willy’s part was taken over by animatronic whales, miniatures and other special effects. The closing credits (played over another Michael Jackson-penned theme song) included a toll-free number dedicated to freeing the original Willy, an orca named Keiko, from captivity. The whale was eventually returned to the open seas.
Movie Release History1993 - Free Willy
1995 - Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
1997 - Free Willy 3: The Rescue
Movie Sub Categorieslive-action
Movie StudioWarner Bros.
CastJesse Jason James Richter
Elvis Francis Capra
Nadine Mary Kate Schellhardt
Randolph Johnson August Schellenberg
Glen Greenwood Michael Madsen
Annie Greenwood Jayne Atkinson
Dwight Mercer Mykelti Williamson
Kate Haley Elizabeth Pena
John Milner Jon Tenney
Milner's Assistant Paul Tuerpe
Wilcox M. Emmet Walsh
Commander Blake John Considine
Captain Nilson Steve Kahan
Helmsman Kelly Neal Matarazzo
Engineer Al Sapienza