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A Whale for the Killing is a 1981 film, loosely based on a true story by environmentalist Farley Mowat, about a whale that is tortured by a fisherman.[1]

A Whale for the Killing
Written byLionel Chetwynd
Farley Mowat (book)
Directed byRichard T. Heffron
StarringPeter Strauss
Dee Wallace
Kathryn Walker
Richard Widmark
Bruce McGill
Theme music composerBasil Poledouris
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Hugh M. Hefner
Edward L. Rissien
Producer(s)Robert Lovenheim
Peter Strauss
Don Miller (associate producer)
CinematographyEdmond L. Koons
Editor(s)Michael Eliot
Robert Florio
Running time145 min.
Production company(s)Beowulf Productions
Playboy Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseFebruary 1, 1981

The later Canadian singer Alan Doyle starred as a boy on a bridge in the movie. In 2012 he released his solo album Boy on Bridge which paid tribute to the role.[2]


The soundtrack is available on CD from BSX Records.[3] The score was composed by Basil Poledouris. Also included on the same CD is the soundtrack to the 1992 theatrical film Wind, also composed by Poledouris.


  1. ^ IMDB Article
  2. ^ "Alan Doyle interview with Jian Ghomeshi on Q". 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  3. ^ BSX Records website | accessdate=2018-08-21