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The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  29 March 1974 (Denmark)
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Dr Jake Terrell, who has been training a pair of dolphins for many years, has had a breakthrough. He has taught his dolphins to speak and understand English, although they do have a limited... See full summary »

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Margaret 'Maggie' Terrell
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Curtis Mahoney
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Mrs. Rome - Foundation
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Pat Zurica ...
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David - Research Team
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Mike - Research Team
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Maryanne - Research Team
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Lana - Research Team
John David Carson ...
Larry - Research Team
Willie Myers ...
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Dr Jake Terrell, who has been training a pair of dolphins for many years, has had a breakthrough. He has taught his dolphins to speak and understand English, although they do have a limited vocabulary. When the dolphins are stolen, he discovers they're to be used in an assassination attempt. Now he is in a race to discover who is the target, and where the dolphins are, before the attempt is carried out. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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29 March 1974 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

El día del delfín  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,300,000 (USA)
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The trained dolphins who played Alpha and Beta were actually named Buck (for screenwriter Buck Henry) and Ginger (for dancer Ginger Rogers). On the next to the last day of filming, when their parts were done, they escaped and never returned. It was almost if they knew that for their roles it was a wrap. See more »

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Woman in audience: What about their speaking in English?
Dr. Jake Terrell: I'm sorry?
Woman in audience: I saw this dolphin on television and he could count from 1 to 10 in English.
Dr. Jake Terrell: Really? I must have missed that.
Woman in audience: Do you think its some kind of trick or something?
Dr. Jake Terrell: Yes... yes its just a trick.
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Fa Love Pa
24 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

George C. Scott has taught a pair of dolphins to understand and speak English. But he didn't realize the foundation funding him is actually a covert government agency. Now the agency has taken the two dolphins and plans to use them as assassins. Okay, this all sounds just ridiculous I know but it's actually pretty good. It's directed by Mike Nichols, which is somewhat surprising, as he is not well-known for sci-fi or thrillers. It's written by Buck Henry, who is more known for comedies. Despite stepping out of their respective comfort zones, I think both do a fine job. The cast is good. The story is very interesting. The dolphin scenes are wonderful. Perhaps it's a little giggle-worthy at times but ultimately it's a smart, entertaining film that's pretty unique.


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