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Dolphin Tale (2011)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family  |  23 September 2011 (USA)
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A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

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A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin's life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tail. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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dolphin | boy | tail | trap | prosthetics | See All (44) »


Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter


Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Winter, O Golfinho  »

Box Office


$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,152,401 (USA) (23 September 2011)


$72,279,690 (USA) (20 January 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Hazel Haskett: She died when I was 7. Never calls, never writes.
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Written by James Keyes (as James C. Keyes), Carl Feaster, Floyd McRae, Claude Feaster and James Edwards (as James W. Edwards)
Performed by The Chords
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What a treat!
24 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What a treat! I attended an Advance Screening of DOLPHIN TALE in RealD 3D in Ottawa on Saturday, September 17 at 10:00am at Empire 7 Theatre. This is a movie for "Everyone of All Ages", not just kids. I would dare to suggest that Parents should not drop off the kids to see this film but share this movie with your children. It is a very enjoyable, uplifting and heartwarming film that you will definitely enjoy seeing with your children. Grandparents will also enjoy seeing this film with their grandchildren. It is also a factual and enlightening film based upon a true story and is not "a fantasy film", such a the "Free Willy" type of films. I highly recommend that you put this on your "Must See" list and if you cannot make it to the theatre it will make a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. Thank you so very much, Warner Bros. Pictures Canada and Empire Theatres!

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