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The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

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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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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The most amazing outdoor adventure ever filmed! See more »

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29 March 1974 (Denmark)  »

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El día del delfín  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,300,000 (USA)
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One of the reasons Mike Nichols decided to direct The Day of the Dolphin was to fulfill the end of a four picture deal with producer Joseph Levine. See more »

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Dr. Jake Terrell: Where are they?
Curtis Mahoney: The dolphins? I would guess they're on that yacht.
Dr. Jake Terrell: What've they been doing?
Curtis Mahoney: That's the part we don't know. What we do know is that they've been working on this thing since you started teaching your friend Alpha to talk.
Margaret 'Maggie' Terrell: How do we stop them?
Curtis Mahoney: From doing what? That's the point. At the moment, assuming we could find them, we could get them on the unique charge of kidnapping a bottlenose dolphin. I'm not even sure it's a crime.
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Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Worthy Film, Worthy Message
22 June 2004 | by (Edmonton, Alberta) – See all my reviews

George C. Scott stars as a marine biologist who has taught two dolphins to communicate with humans in english. His project attracts the notice of a shadowy corporate sponsor, who then kidnaps the dolphins to perform an assassination-at-sea. The film is divided in two parts, both exploring the ethics of man's meddling with nature. Stunning photography, excellent supporting cast, superlative effort from Scott, whose deep personal investment in the film's subject is easily sensed.

I saw this film in the theater in 1973 and thought it was one of the best I'd ever seen. I wasn't expecting a period action film or a potboiler-thriller and was pleasantly surprised to get neither. This is a thinking person's film, a modern-day Frankenstein which is made even more tragic because of the creator's love for what he has created. The conclusion of this film is uncompromising, and calls into question all animal experimentation. One of the best, and most important films to come out in my lifetime. See it.


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