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Release Date:
29 March 1974 (Denmark) See more »
Unwittingly He Trained a Dolphin to Kill the President of the United States See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George C. Scott ... Dr. Jacob 'Jake' Terrell

Trish Van Devere ... Margaret 'Maggie' Terrell

Paul Sorvino ... Curtis Mahoney

John Dehner ... Ben Wallingford - Foundation
Severn Darden ... Schwinn - Foundation

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

Phyllis Davis ... Receptionist - Foundation
Pat Zurica ... First Mate - Foundation
Jon Korkes ... David - Research Team

Edward Herrmann ... Mike - Research Team
Leslie Charleson ... Maryanne - Research Team

Victoria Racimo ... Lana - Research Team
John David Carson ... Larry - Research Team
Willie Myers ... Stone (as Willie Meyers)
Julie Follansbee ... Women's Club Member

Florence Stanley ... Women's Club Member

Brooke Hayward ... Women's Club Member
Pat Englund ... Women's Club Member

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 (screenplay)

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 (director of photography)
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: dolphin (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: dolphin (uncredited)
Mike Palma .... location auditor (uncredited)
Nanette Siegert .... production secretary (uncredited)
Spider .... dolphin wrangler (uncredited)
Arthur Wilde .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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104 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Roman Polanski was originally supposed to direct the movie. He was in England scouting locations for the movie when his wife Sharon Tate was killed by the Manson Family.See more »
Dr. Jake Terrell:Well fa... you've had quite a day haven't you?
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Hauntingly beautiful music, 24 September 1999
Author: MooeyG-2 from Phoenix, AZ

I agree with the assessment that the movie points out how we, as caretakers of the Earth, tend to abusiveness and misunderstanding. I agree also that it is a hokey telling of that theme, but still effective. I might venture that a contributing factor in its effectiveness is the beautiful music created by George Delerue. It is lilting and graceful, moving through the air the way the dolphins move through the water. I was very affected at the end of this film.

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