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...
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George C. Scott
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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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Dr. Jake Terrell:
Where are they?
The dolphins? I would guess they're on that yacht.
Dr. Jake Terrell:
What've they been doing?
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?
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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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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