Big Miracle

February 3rd 2012
  • Drama/Romance,
  • PG,
  • 123 min,
  • Universal Pictures
  • Cast: Kristen Bell, Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Dermot Mulroney, Ted Danson, Stephen Root, Vinessa Shaw, Rob Riggle, Tim Blake Nelson, James LeGros, Andrew Daly, Michael Gaston, Mark Ivanir, Gregory Jbara, Stefan Kapicic, R.F. Daley, Kevin T. Bennett, Brett Baker, Tom Clark, Megan Angela Smith, Ken Smith, C. John Grella, Evgueni Petrov, Rich Capitan, Princess Lucaj, Ted Mala, Vasilika Vanya Marinkovic, Jason Arthur Moonin, Leif Sawyer
  • Director: Ken Kwapis
  • Writers: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
  • Producers: Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin, Eric Fellner, Michael Sugar
  • Executive Producer: Stuart M. Besser
  • Art Direction: Scott Meehan
  • Castings: Mary Gail Artz, Shani Ginsberg
  • Costume Design: Shay Cunliffe
  • D.O.P.: John Bailey
  • Editor: Cara Silverman
  • Makeup: Kelley Mitchell
  • Music: Cliff Eidelman
  • Production Design: Nelson Coates
  • Set Decoration: James Edward Ferrell Jr.


Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local 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, the one who worries Adam the most is Rachel Kramer (Barrymore). Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she’s also his ex-girlfriend. With time running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales.

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

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Alaska, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language
  • Production Budget: $30 million
  • Production Companies: Anonymous Content, Universal Pictures, Working Title Films
  • Production Schedule: September 2010 - December 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Romantic dramedy meets environmental message film, the twist here is creating a fictional love affair between a Greenpeace volunteer and a news reporter and setting it against the real life 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska.

The $30 million feature has "He's Just Not That into You" helmer Ken Kwapis directing a big old heartbreaking story that thankfully seems to be more about the situation that involved saving the creatures rather than focusing on the familiar meet-cute antics of its likeable leads. Satisfying if predictable stuff."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 9 February 2012: Denmark
  • 10 February 2012: Ireland, UK
  • 16 February 2012: Germany, Portugal
  • 17 February 2012: Brazil, Norway
  • 23 February 2012: Hungary
  • 24 February 2012: Italy, Spain, Sweden
  • 29 February 2012: Belgium
  • 1 March 2012: Netherlands
  • 8 March 2012: Argentina
  • 16 March 2012: Romania
  • 30 March 2012: Turkey
  • 11 April 2012: France
  • 12 April 2012: Singapore
  • 3 May 2012: Australia
  • 18 May 2012: Finland