Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Reviews
Popularity
4,965 ( 1,964)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble
The Indian (2007)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Confusion creates complications in any relationship.

Director: James R. Gorrie
Stars: Matt Dallas, Sal Landi, Jane Higginson
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A group of kids take down a motorcycle gang.

Director: Jim Fitzpatrick
Stars: Jim Fitzpatrick, Jodi Knotts, Jim Kelly
Little Ghost (1997)
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

While on location in a spooky Italian villa with his Hollywood big-shot mom and her dorky boyfriend, twelve-year-old Kevin befriends a Renaissance-era girl ghost who helps him cause unrest on the set.

Director: Linda Shayne
Stars: Kristina Wayborn, Jim Fitzpatrick, Sally Kirkland
Evan Almighty (2007)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

Director: Tom Shadyac
Stars: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham
Zookeeper (2011)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper find love -- without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Amy Adams
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson
The Indian (2009)
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dutch eight-year-old boy Koos discovers he was adopted after birth in Peru. While searching for his roots, Koos meets Peruvian Indians at the cinema. The enterprising rascal now devotes ... See full summary »

Director: Ineke Houtman
Stars: Matthias den Besten, Claire Lapadu, David Verbaas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Gloria Forrest
...
Phoebe
...
Kat
...
Rebecca
Megan Lozicki ...
Brittany
...
Max Connellan
...
Alyce Connellan
...
Donovan Peck
Edit

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Winter, O Golfinho  »

Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | (as Datasat Digital Sound)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Radio Control Helicopter used in the Movie is an Align TRex 450 size Helicopter, it is a very aerobatic Helicopter but when is flying inside the building it is all CG See more »

Goofs

The position of the two containers put down by Hazel changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sawyer Nelson: If you don't wear the tail, you're gonna die.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Moneyball (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Made For Dancing
Written by Ron Keel, Hal Michael Monti and Wayne Holland
Performed by Ron Keel
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Great Kids' Stuff
23 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Family is forever."

Although Dolphin Tale is by far not my favorite film of the year, like Midnight in Paris, it is a solid kids' film, an adventure that treats animals and 11 year olds with respect and doesn't demonize adults.

A dolphin, Winter, needs a new tail to survive a crab-trap entanglement, and 11 year old Sawyer Nelson is the new friend to help her through the adjustment. His job: show us that being excited about something worthwhile is the answer to school blues and mother loss. The film is aces at showing that being engaged in helping a living being leads to success and happiness.

A slew of other good-willed people help Winter, from like-minded friends to doctors to grandpas. And that's the sweet point of the film, emblazoned on an all-purpose Swiss Army knife: "Family is Forever." With two crucial families needing a mother in one and a father in the other, "family" extends to the community that nurtures children, adults, and animals. Not only does a Clearwater, Florida, marine rescue hospital need financial support to continue, so also does a crippled soldier and Winter. The figurative connections are obvious but still carefully entered into the drama so as not to heighten the sugar content.

Besides, any movie that includes Kris Kristofferson as a benevolent grandpa and Morgan Freeman as a caring prosthetics doctor can't be all bad. For a supposedly sophisticated film critic, I'm veritably childlike in the presence of these accomplished actors. BTW, Ashley Judd as single mom gets my attention, as she always does.

Yet that Winter, she's all any man could want: smart and silky with mysterious eyes that seem to say, "With our help, you men will make it just fine." No man bashing in this film, just recognition that communal charity and mutual respect will win the day.

Something about this Disneyesque, retro children's adventure makes me happy.


57 of 67 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Cove johanwalen
Why so much hate on this movie? alicia-angel92
A fish? scarrett1031
Morgan Freeman? Really? fender-bassman
My god... anonymousclay
I liked the trailer until... mhill1424
Discuss Dolphin Tale (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?