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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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Cast

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Margaret 'Maggie' Terrell
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Curtis Mahoney
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Severn Darden ...
Schwinn - Foundation
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Mrs. Rome - Foundation
William Roerick ...
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Pat Zurica ...
First Mate - Foundation
Jon Korkes ...
David - Research Team
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Mike - Research Team
Leslie Charleson ...
Maryanne - Research Team
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Lana - Research Team
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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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The most amazing outdoor adventure ever filmed! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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29 March 1974 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

El día del delfín  »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,300,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (2009) See more »

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Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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nothing short of brilliant

George C. Scott plays 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 but they have a limited vocabulary.

the dolphins are abducted by some sinister government agency who want to use the mammals in an assassination attempt. what follows is a beautifully shot race against time to thwart the attempt.

'The Day of The Dolphin' is nothing short of brilliant in it's acting, it features some excellent cinematography by William Fraker, the underwater scenes are excellently lensed ,it is essential to see this in it's original aspect ratio.

it is also nothing short of amazing as when one looks at this film which is thirty seven years young, it is all filmed for 'Real' if this was remade today there would be an over reliance on rubbish digital animation to depict the leaping and talking Dolphins.


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