Big Miracle

Synopsis: An animal-loving volunteer and a small-town news reporter are joined by a native Alaskan boy to rally an entire community - and eventually rival world superpowers - to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.
Director(s): Ken Kwapis
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

For thousands of years,

my people have lived

at the edge of the world.

Unknown, alone,

until one brief moment

when the world found us.

Feel its rhythm.

We have to be

close enough to touch.

We must know where the abviq

will surface before it does.

Can you tell me?


Come on, concentrate.

Kill abviq.

Kill abviq!

Inspired by a true story

Barrow, Alaska

October, 1988

The avocado,

a native fruit of Mexico and the key

ingredient used in making guacamole.

Now, nothing grows

in this brutal climate.

So, how did the avocado end up 300

miles north of the Arctic Circle?

Well, this little guy and pretty

much everything else in town

has to take

four separate plane rides

to arrive up here

in chilly Barrow, Alaska.

As you can imagine, the folks

here at Amigos restaurant,

the northern-most Mexican

restaurant in the world,

well, they can't get enough

of this special treat.

Hey, guys,

how's the food?

Holy guacamole,

that's good.

From up here

in Barrow, Alaska,

I'm Adam Carlson,

Channel 2 News.

Mexican food

in the Arctic, huh?

Well, now

I've heard everything. Thanks, Adam.

Adam Carlson continues

his "Adam Around Alaska" reports from Barrow

through the end

of this week.

That's gonna do it for us

down here in Anchorage

on this Tuesday,

October 11th, 1988.

I'm Don Davis.

Good evening.


Speech! Speech!

No, no.

Speech! Speech! Speech!

All right.

Let me think.

I think it was Mark Twain

who said that the coldest

winter he ever spent

was a summer

in San Francisco.

Let me tell you this is the

coldest summer I've spent anywhere.

But with the warmest people,

and I really mean that.

Thank you all

for your hospitality.

Appreciate it.

When are you leaving?


Wait, you said that you

were gonna do a story

on my cousin and

his snowmobile tricks.

You promised.

I promised?

I think I said, if I had

time. I'm really sorry.

Come on.

I don't think

I'm gonna have time.

- Please, it won't take long.

- I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

Is he even good?

He'll blow your mind.

Keep it up!

Cool! Very cool!

Get this one.

This one, this one.

Awesome, Arnold!

This is pretty amazing, huh?

You're being serious?

- Yeah.

- This is it?

He's only warming up

for the Donuts!


do the Donuts!

Do something, Arnold.

What the hell?

Anchorage, Alaska


There's the S.O.B.

Now, now.

Come on, Rob.

We don't know who's going

to get the drilling rights

until we hear the bids.

I think that's the way it works, right?

I'm surprised

to see you here.

I thought you would be down on

the ranch roping some R and R.

Well, I figure, what's

the fun in buying a new car

if you can't be there

to take delivery?

Good morning.

If everyone

will please take a seat,

we will go ahead

and get started.

As you all know, the bids for the

oil drilling rights to Bristol Bay

have all been submitted to the

US Department of the Interior

and have been kept secret.

Until now.

The highest bid is,

and the contract

for Bristol Bay goes to

J.W. McGraw and

Alaska Northern Oil.


Yes, good work, you guys.

What about

the Greenpeace bid?

The law says that you

have to read all the bids.

What about

the Greenpeace bid?

Ma'am, please.

We bid the value of all the

wildlife you're putting at risk.

Please have a seat.


of the world's salmon

is being endangered

up there, Mr. McGraw.

Yeah. Get her the hell out of here.

Three species of whales

pass through there every year.

There's nothing that whales

like more than a big oil spill.

It's their favorite.

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Jack Amiel

Jack Amiel is an American TV writer, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for co-creating Cinemax's period medical drama The Knick, and for writing the films Raising Helen (2004), The Shaggy Dog (2006) and Big Miracle (2012), all with writing partner Michael Begler. more…

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