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
Curtis Mahoney
Severn Darden ...
Schwinn - Foundation
Mrs. Rome - Foundation
William Roerick ...
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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Release Date:

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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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 »


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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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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