Original Australian Daybill Movie poster - Orca. Orca (also known as Orca: The Killer Whale) is a 1977 American adventure horror film directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, starring Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, and Will Sampson. It is based on Arthur Herzog's novel of the same name. The film follows a male orca whale tracking down and getting revenge on a captain for killing the whale's pregnant mate. 46-year-old Richard Harris insisted on performing his own stunts in the polar sequences, and was nearly killed on several occasions. Upon release the film received only minor theatrical success, but in recent years the film has achieved a cult following among fans of the natural horror subgenre.