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Writers:
Buck Henry (written by)
Robert Merle (novel)
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Release Date:
29 March 1974 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Unwittingly He Trained a Dolphin to Kill the President of the United States See more »
Plot:
Dr Jake Terrell, who has been training a pair of dolphins for many years, has had a breakthrough. He... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(9 articles)
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Ma and Pa Scott Raise Dolphins See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

George C. Scott ... Dr. Jake Terrell

Trish Van Devere ... Maggie Terrell

Paul Sorvino ... Curtis Mahoney

John Dehner ... Wallingford
Severn Darden ... Schwinn

Elizabeth Wilson ... Mrs. Rome
William Roerick ... Dunhill

Phyllis Davis ... Receptionist
Pat Zurica ... First Mate
Jon Korkes ... David

Edward Herrmann ... Mike
Leslie Charleson ... Maryanne

Victoria Racimo ... Lana
John David Carson ... Larry
Willie Myers ... Stone
Julie Follansbee ... Woman at Club

Florence Stanley ... Woman at Club

Brooke Hayward ... Woman at Club
Pat Englund ... Woman at Club

Fritz Weaver ... Harold DeMilo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johann Benét ... Boy in Park (uncredited)
Buck ... Alpha (uncredited)
Ginger ... Beta (uncredited)

Buck Henry ... Man Standing Outside Women's Club (uncredited)
Robert Lydiard ... Alpha (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
 
Writing credits
Buck Henry (written by)

Robert Merle (novel "Un Animal doue de raison")

Produced by
Dick Birkmayer .... associate producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Robert E. Relyea .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker 
 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Art Direction by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
Anthea Sylbert 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist
Dorothy Byrne .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tim Zinnemann .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... second assistant director
Alan McCabe .... second unit director
Thomas J. Schmidt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Alan Levine .... property master (as Allan Levine)
Eugene Acker .... painter (uncredited)
Joe Acord .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Matty Azzarone .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tom Coll .... leadman (uncredited)
J.B. Jones .... underwater props (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Clarence Kandel .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Nikita Knatz .... continuity sketch artist (uncredited)
Clarence Fay Konkel .... carpenter (uncredited)
Terry E. Lewis .... assistant props (uncredited)
Bill Parks .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Larry Jost .... sound recordist (as Lawrence O. Jost)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
Greg Dillon .... sound editor (uncredited)
James Pilcher .... cableman (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jim White .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Blymyer .... gaffer
Lamar Boren .... director of photography: second unit
Richard Moran .... key grip
Dick Colean .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
David Garfath .... assistant camera (uncredited)
David Garfath .... photography: second unit (uncredited)
Paul Grosso .... generator operator (uncredited)
Jack Harris .... still photographer (uncredited)
Clyde Hart .... grip (uncredited)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... camera operator: underwater scenes (uncredited)
Jan Koshay .... grip (uncredited)
Patrick Marshall .... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Phyllis .... electrician (uncredited)
Al Reiners .... gaffer: Miami (uncredited)
James M. Sheppherd .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Alan Shayne .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
G. Tony Scarano .... wardrobe (as Tony Scarano)
Ron Dawson .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stu Linder .... editorial assistant
 
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Paul Casella Jr. .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Walt Freitas .... key driver (uncredited)
Jerry F. Johnson .... key driver (uncredited)
Joe Manx .... key driver (uncredited)
Marvin Palenske .... key driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Erica Abt .... assistant trainer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Peter Moss .... trainer: dolphins
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (as Meta Wilde)
Kathy Troutt .... assistant trainer
Jesse White .... veterinary supervisor
Bubbles .... double (uncredited)
Jim Burroughs .... assistant: second unit (uncredited)
John Cunningham Lilly .... scientific researcher (uncredited)
Martha Luttrell .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Elton MacPherson .... production accountant (uncredited)
Chuck Murray .... accountant: Avco Embassy (uncredited)
Karen Murray .... payroll (uncredited)
Paddlefoot .... double (uncredited)
Mike Palma .... location auditor (uncredited)
Nanette Siegert .... production secretary (uncredited)
Spider .... dolphin wrangler (uncredited)
Arthur Wilde .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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104 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Screenwriter Buck Henry provides the voices of the dolphins when they speak human words.See more »
Quotes:
Harold DeMilo:Are you blackmailing me Mr Mahoney?
Curtis Mahoney:Goodness no... I'm just an average person with an above average curiosity... and of course I don't make make friends easy
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Ma and Pa Scott Raise Dolphins, 3 July 2014
Author: wes-connors from Earth

In the picturesque Florida Keys, ambitious and brilliant marine biologist George C. Scott (as Jake Terrell) teaches a dolphin to speak English. Their vocabulary includes use and meaning of words like "shark", "love" and "liar". It does not comprehend the hypothetical "if". As he is assisted by beautifully bronzed wife Trish Van Devere (as Maggie), Mr. Scott feels the dolphin Alpha (aka "Fa") would be happier and more productive with a mate. Consequently, the researchers are joined by Beta (aka "Bea"). Sexually gratified, the dolphin couple is very happy. But there is an adjustment period, while the new dolphin assimilates into the family. They call Scott and his wife "Pa" and "Ma" with childlike affection. When sneaky humans like Paul Sorvino (as Curtis Mahoney) are informed about Scott's smart dolphins, we must consider using them in a nefarious plot...

This is a strange collaboration between director Mike Nichols, actor Scott and writer Buck Henry. It is nicely staged, and lovingly photographed by William Fraker. Among many other classics, Mr. Fraker held the cameras for Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" (1968). Mr. Polanski was slated to direct "The Day of the Dolphin" in 1969, but left after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate and others by the (Charles) "Manson family"...

The musical soundtrack, by Georges Delerue, is another strength. However, the story doesn't really come across very well. This is strange because the concept and evil plot are essentially good. By now, dolphins may actually be communicating with humans; probably, there are words and meaning they understand. It might have been more believable if Scott and his team understood their sounds, but having them "speak" is easier. While the concept is fine, the sound and demeanor of the dolphins is silly (rather than childlike, if that was the intention). Additionally, the manner in which dastardly characters arrive and execute their nasty plan is wearisome and unexciting...

Interestingly, the Scotts kept loyal and attractive young assistant John David Carson (as Larry) for their next film project, "The Savage Is Loose" (1974), which turned the camera on human mating.

***** The Day of the Dolphin (12/19/73) Mike Nichols ~ George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, John David Carson

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