November 21, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

When last we saw that lovable killer whale and his best bipedal pal, Jesse (Jason James Richter), they were escaping flaming oil slicks and evil petrol executives. This time it’s ruthless fishermen eager to hunt and harpoon Willy and his orca pod for $200 a pound on the sushi black market. Jesse befriends the wicked boat captain’s 10-year-old son, Max (Vincent Berry), who risks his life to show Dad the error of his ways. The beautifully shot and enchantingly rendered Free Willy 3: The Rescue makes good viewing for the whole pod. B+

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