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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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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 »

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Family | Adventure

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

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17 May 1996 (USA)  »

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$25,530,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£1,405,349 (UK) (16 August 1996)
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Director Alan Shapiro originally wanted 'an entirely unknown' for the role of 'Kim'. However, felt that most of the girls that screen tested with Elijah Wood were too 'giggly'. He decided to cast someone with more experience. See more »

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Sandy Ricks: I've been smoking up a storm. Uncle Porter lets me drink all the beer i want, he also knows a lot of loose women.
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Fun and heartwarming fare with everyone's favourite dolphin
6 June 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was rather appalled to see the low rating this movie received here, personally considering it fun family fare. It revolves around a young teenager, Sandy Ricks, who is sent by his mom to Coral Key to spend the summer with his Uncle Porter. While there he befriends a dolphin named Flipper. Lots of adventures ensue amid the predictable nephew / uncle bonding as well as a little romance for Sandy with a local girl.

I'm a great Crocodile Dundee fan myself so absolutely loved Paul Hogan in his role as crusty and comical Uncle Porter. For starters, he keeps an endless stock of Spaghetti-O's in his house to serve as his usual meal, heated with a blowtorch! Elija Wood, Frodo from The Lord of the Rings, appeared quite competent playing the young Sandy, a boy at first none too fond of his forced summer vacation locale.

Of course the dolphin is magnificent and there are some wonderful underwater scenes. Set in the Florida Keys, it was apparently filmed in the Bahamas. This adaptation of Flipper makes great family entertainment, a sweet, sentimental, and fun movie that is infinitely superior to many of the cinematic offerings for youngsters nowadays.


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