When the Whales Came
When the Whales Came ★★½ 1989 (PG)
A conservationist fable about two children and a grizzled old codger living on a remote British isle during WWI. They try to avert disaster as mysterious narwhal whales descend on the island. Moralistic and uninvolving; poorly acted; slumber-inducing. Adapted from the novel by Morpugo. 100m/C VHS . GB Paul Scofield, Helen Mirren, David Threlfall, David Suchet, Jeremy Kemp, Max Rennie, Helen Pearce, Barbara Jefford; D: Clive Rees; W: Michael Morpugo; M: Christopher Gunning, Ruth Rennie.