I have John Ward to thank for reminding me of this one in his own round-up of memorable themes from last year;Michael Anderson’s ‘Orca, Killer Whale’ (1977), a film that came out two years after ‘Jaws’, and was considered a bit of a rip off as a result.
Certainly, the trailer helped to give that impression:
But it isn’t really just a story about cruel mankind and killer beast. It’s a story about sin and redemption. And the corrosive effects of vengence.
The haunting Ennio Morricone soundtrack is what, for me, makes this film memorable, though:
The main theme also had words, and was sung in the film by Carol Connors:
It's considered by fans of the film to be an inferior version of the purely instrumental title, but I rather like it. And the words so perfectly match the film's message.