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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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Curtis Mahoney
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Severn Darden ...
Schwinn - Foundation
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Mrs. Rome - Foundation
William Roerick ...
Dunhill - Foundation
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Receptionist - Foundation
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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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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Trivia

The Mirisch Company announced this as a Franklin J Schaffner movie in May 1970. See more »

Quotes

Alpha: Fa!
Dr. Jake Terrell: Well fa... you've had quite a day haven't you?
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Referenced in Cannon: The Star (1975) See more »

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Nocturne
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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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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