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Flipper (1996)

PG | | Family, Adventure | 17 May 1996 (USA)
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Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bounty Fisherman #1
Ann Carey ...
Fisherman's Wife
Mark Casella ...
Bounty Fisherman #2
Bounty Fisherman #3
Bill Kelley ...
Lindsay Treco ...
Little Girl
Mal Jones ...
Louis Seeger Crume ...
Bill Nolan ...


Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that brings uncle and nephew together and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime. Written by Wayne Coleman <waynecoleman@swbell.net>

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This summer it's finally safe to go back in the water. See more »


Family | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and menacing action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fliper  »

Box Office


$25,530,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$213,370 (USA) (26 July 1996)


$20,047,715 (USA) (16 August 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Paul Hogan uses a blowtorch to 'toast' bread he is recreating a gag that was employed on The Paul Hogan Show where Hoges makes toast for his house-mate - Strop. See more »


When Sandy is swimming underwater with Flipper after being knocked off the dock while working, his watch and armbands flip hands during one scene with his watch on the right wrist and armbands on the left. See more »


Sandy Ricks: [after almost being eaten by a shark] You know that story you told me, about Scar?
Kim: Mhm.
Sandy Ricks: It's true.
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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.3 (1996) See more »


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Written by Gordon Mills and Les Reed
Performed by Tom Jones
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Not "Free Willy", But A Good Family Film Never The Less
10 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1996's remake of "Flipper" may not go down in history as the greatest family film of all time; however, for what it is, "Flipper" is still a pretty good, clean film for the whole family. It all starts when Sandy Ricks (a young Elijah Woods) is forced to spend his summer vacation with his Uncle Rick, (played by Crocodile Dundee himself, Paul Hogan) in the Flordia Keys, since his parents have recently divorced. Unhappy and resentful at first, things change for Sandy when he comes across that lovable and friendly dolphin, Flipper. But its not all fun, as we soon find out there are villains at work, in the form of shady fishermen and toxic waste dumper Dick Moran (played to slimy effect by Jonathan Banks) and by a particularly hungry hammerhead shark, nick named Scar. The story is told with very solid production, in the form of Elijah Woods and Paul Hogan, who make a great pair together, as two characters who come from different worlds but ultimately become close, beautiful underwater photography of the Florida Keys, amazing dolphin choreography, and decent writing. Now, a number of people have said that this was Hollywood's attempt to cash in on the "Free Willy" craze that was happening at the time and I'll admit, there may very well be some truth to that. However, "Flipper" is easily able to stand on it's own flipper (couldn't resist) without any mention of "Free Willy", which is remarkable considering that it is a remake. The film also features a good supporting cast, with Chelsea Field as the local scientist and love interest of Rick, Jessica Wesson as local girl, Kim, Jason Fuchs as Marvin, a shy genius, and in small role, Isaac Hayes as the town sheriff. It may not be "Free Willy", but that doesn't mean "Flipper" isn't worth watching. 8 out of 10.

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