Free Willy came out in 1993, when I was 13 and my sister was 10. We loved it so much that we bought the VHS tape. This was a VERY BIG DEAL. We mostly borrowed our videos from the local library. This movie had several things that made it a favorite. Most importantly, it starred Keiko the orca as Willy. Orcas are amazing when they are just being their natural selves. When they are trained, they are mind-blowing. And when they make a grand escape by jumping over a sea wall (with a person on top of it, hand stretched high)? WOW!!!! My sister and I often recreated that scene with plush animals. The movie also had that soul-moving Michael Jackson song, Will You Be There?. And, I have to admit, I also loved the movie because I had a big crush on Jason James Richter, the boy who played Jesse. (At least I had moved beyond fox crushes).