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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret 'Maggie' Terrell
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Dunhill - Foundation
Receptionist - Foundation
Pat Zurica ...
First Mate - Foundation
Jon Korkes ...
David - Research Team
Mike - Research Team
Leslie Charleson ...
Maryanne - Research Team
Lana - Research Team
John David Carson ...
Larry - Research Team
Willie Myers ...
Stone (as Willie Meyers)


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 <>

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The most amazing outdoor adventure ever filmed! See more »


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29 March 1974 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

El día del delfín  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)


$2,300,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Alpha: Fa!
Dr. Jake Terrell: Well fa... you've had quite a day haven't you?
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Referenced in Good Times: Black Jesus (1974) See more »

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Highly improbable but not bad
31 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George C. Scott stars as a scientist who has trained dolphins to speak and understand English. Naturally some bad guys find out and want to use the dolphins in an assassination attempt.

One of the many ecological "message" films of the 1970s. The plot is, technically, pretty silly but they pull it off. It has a great director (Mike Nichols) and Scott and Trish Van Devere are very good--but this just misses the mark. It's not a BAD movie just not a great one and I personally had some trouble taking it seriously. It was supposed to be a big hit and cost quite a bit to make. Unfortunately it was a HUGE bomb and disappeared quickly. That's too bad because it's actually pretty good. It's well done and the voices of the dolphins are (at first) frightening but you get used to them. Also it does have an ending which had me crying. I defy anyone to sit through that and not be moved.

So, despite the scientific improbabilities, a pretty good movie that deserves a wider recognition.

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