The Florida Keys have been hit by hard times of late. First, a red plague kills off much of the fish in the area. And second, Hurricane Hazel unexpectedly changes course to hit the Keys. Regardless, the Ricks family - fisherman father Po (short for Porter), wife Martha, their preteen son Sandy, and Sandy's pet pelican Pete - live in all its aspects by the sea, even during these hard times. When Sandy witnesses the accidental spearing of a dolphin, he, on his own, decides to find the dolphin to put it out of its misery. Upon finding the injured dolphin, Sandy, not having the heart to shoot him, decides instead to tow the dolphin home. With some care and love, Sandy and Martha nurse the dolphin back to health. Sandy wants to keep the dolphin, who he's named Flipper, but Po ultimately releases Flipper, who he sees as "the enemy": a creature who is on the hunt for whatever short supply of fish there are around the Keys. But Po learns that friends - what Flipper and Sandy are to each other... Written by
The wonderful story of a boy and his amazing underwater friend!
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Did You Know?
In a 2012 interview Associate Producer and writer of "Flipper" Ricou Browning told how he helped teach Luke Halpin to ride the dolphin Mitzi like a horse providing compelling footage for the movie. At the movie premier in 1963 in New York the LIFE magazine photographer sent to cover the event didn't believe the dolphin riding actually happened and actually questioned Browning, Producer Ivan Tors and Luke Halpin separately about the technique before he would believe them. See more
When Sandy and Kim are feeding Flipper off the dock, Sandy is barefoot. Then Sandy climbs down the ladder onto the platform, and suddenly he's wearing a pair of black Chuck Taylor hi-tops, but is barefoot again when he goes back up on the dock. See more
[after Porter has discovered that Flipper has jumped into the fish pen and eaten all of the pompano being readied for market
What's wrong with you, boy? How old are you, twelve? Almost in your teens? Or are you nine, or seven, or five? A child who doesn't have the sense to know what his next meal depends on? Answer me! The fence, the yard, the nets... not one of your chores done, and now this! Are you growing up, or down? Aren't you getting any sense of responsibility, of obligation, discipline...
Written by 'By' Dunham
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