"Big Miracle" is a movie starring Golden Globe winner Drew Barrymore ("50 First Dates," "He's Just Not That into You"), John Krasinski ("The Office," "It's Complicated") and newcomer Ahmaogak Sweeney.

"Good evening. Time and hope are running out for three California gray whales who have been trapped for several days in the thickening ice off the Alaskan coast." — Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News, October 1988

Inspired by the incredible true story that touched the world, the rescue adventure "Big Miracle" tells the amazing tale of an animal-loving volunteer (Barrymore) and a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) who are joined by a native Alaskan boy (Sweeney) 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.

Barrow newsman Adam Carlson (Krasinski) can‟t wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost to get their moment in the midnight sun, the one person who occupies Adam the most is Rachel Kramer (Barrymore). Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she also happens to be his ex-girlfriend.

With time running out, Rachel, Adam and Nathan (Sweeney), an 11-year-old native Alaskan boy who learns to connect with his people and his culture, must rally an unlikely coalition of locals, oil companies and Russian and American military to set aside their differences and unite for a purpose they all believe in: freeing the whales in record time. As the Alaskans frantically try to dig miles of holes on one side of the ice and a Soviet icebreaker pushes inland on the other, they must perform the virtually impossible to bridge a four-mile gap. And if they miraculously succeed, the trapped whales will be freed to the safety of open sea to begin their 5,000-mile annual migration.

As the world's attention turns to the top of the globe for two weeks, saving these endangered animals becomes a shared cause for nations entrenched against one another and leads to an unexpected, momentary thaw in the Cold War.

Barrymore and Krasinski are joined by a top-notch cast of co-stars including Kristen Bell ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Couples Retreat"), Dermot Mulroney ("J. Edgar," "Zodiac"), Tim Blake Nelson ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "The Incredible Hulk"), Vinessa Shaw ("3:10 to Yuma," "Two Lovers") and Ted Danson ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Damages," "Saving Private Ryan").

The principal cast is supported by Stephen Root ("Office Space"), John Michael Higgins ("For Your Consideration"), James Le Gros (HBO's "Mildred Pierce"), Rob Riggle ("The Other Guys"), Bruce Altman ("It's Complicated"), Michael Gaston ("Inception"), Mark Ivanir ("Schindler's List"), Stefan Kapicic ("24") and Shea Whigham ("Boardwalk Empire"), as well as Alaska-native newcomers John Pingayak and John Chase.

Directed by Ken Kwapis ("He's Just Not That into You," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") from a screenplay by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler ("Raising Helen," "The Prince and Me"), the "Big Miracle" movie is based on the book "Freeing the Whales" by journalist Thomas Rose. Anonymous Content's Steve Golin ("Babel," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") and Michael Sugar ("Rendition," "A Separate Peace") are joined by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Frost/Nixon") as producers.

Kwapis' longtime and new collaborators include director of photography John Bailey ("He's Just Not That into You," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"), production designer Nelson Coates ("The Proposal," "The Last Song"), editor Cara Silverman ("He's Just Not That into You," "A Cinderella Story"), costume designer Shay Cunliffe ("2012," "The Bourne Ultimatum") and composer Cliff Eidelman ("He's Just Not That into You," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants").

Working Title's Liza Chasin ("Pride & Prejudice") joins Debra Hayward ("Nanny McPhee"), as well as Stuart Besser ("The Losers") and Anonymous Content's Paul Green ("44 Inch Chest") as executive producers on the film, which was shot entirely within the state of Alaska.


Genre: Drama
Runtime: 107 mins.
Release Date: February 3, 2012
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Companies:
Anonymous Content
Working Title Films

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