‘Free Willy’ film to play outdoors in Lewes Aug. 9

August 5, 2018

Friends of the Lewes Canalfront Park will present the classic family film “Free Willy” on the 25th anniversary of its release Thursday, Aug. 9. Through the support of Citizens Bank, the movie will be shown at dusk in Lewes Canalfront Park. The movie is free and the community is invited to attend.

A young orca whale, Willy, is separated from his parents and ends up in a tiny pool at a marine amusement park. Meanwhile, street kid Jesse runs afoul of the law and is caught, but gets off the hook, so to speak, provided he cleans up the mess he caused at the park. While there, he befriends the ill-tempered whale, an unlikely fellow rebel, and teaches Willy tricks, something the trainer hasn't been able to do. The park's owner, seeing a chance to profit, has Jesse and Willy perform for customers, but Willy, aggravated by the crowds, doesn't cooperate. With Willy a dud in front of audiences, the park owner plans some bad things, and Jesse and his friends must risk everything to try to free Willy.

Attendees may bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic for free, family entertainment on the banks of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

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