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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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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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Unwittingly He Trained a Dolphin to Kill the President of the United States 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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Screenwriter Buck Henry provides the voices of the dolphins when they speak human words. See more »

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Dr. Jake Terrell: Alpha, listen to Pa.
Alpha: Pha loves Pa.
Dr. Jake Terrell: Yes, Pa knows. Listen, Alpha. Some men will come here, men who are not good. Pha and B must go.
Alpha: Pha stays with Pa.
Dr. Jake Terrell: No. Pha and B go now.
Alpha: Pa not love Pha.
Margaret 'Maggie' Terrell: Yes. Pa loves Pha, and B. Ma loves Pha and B.
Alpha: Pha loves Ma.
Curtis Mahoney: Everybody loves everybody! Now for Christ's sake, let's get the hell out of here!
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Referenced in Knightriders (1981) See more »

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Theme From The Day Of The Dolphin
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Beautiful epic
15 December 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Don't shy away from this film just because it isn't an action film. It does advance at a very slow pace, and is often overlooked because of this . . . unfairly. This film is truly designed for the animal lover. Anyone who has not shared a profound relationship with an animal will probably have a difficult time relating to this film. It is a slow paced, and beautifully scored experience for a more sophisticated movie lover. George C. Scott delivers his usual, inspiring and powerful performance as the dolphin's trainer. The filming of the dolphin's, alone, makes this film worth watching. Bring along a box of tissues, and don't miss it if you love the art of movie making.


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