87 user 130 critic

Dolphin Tale (2011)

2:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of kids take down a motorcycle gang.

Director: Jim Fitzpatrick
Stars: Jim Fitzpatrick, Jodi Knotts, Jim Kelly
The Indian (2007)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Confusion creates complications in any relationship.

Director: James R. Gorrie
Stars: Matt Dallas, Sal Landi, Jane Higginson
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 Romanian 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
Soul Surfer (2011)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Director: Sean McNamara
Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Kirra discovers a baby Orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather's rundown seaside amusement park. She embarks on a quest to lead Willy back to his pod.

Director: Will Geiger
Stars: Bindi Irwin, Beau Bridges, Bongolethu Mbutuma
Free Willy (1993)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen
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
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 | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church
Eight Below (2006)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.

Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria Forrest
Megan Lozicki ...
Max Connellan
Alyce Connellan
Donovan Peck


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) »


Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| | (as Datasat Digital Sound)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This marks the third picture that Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman have worked on together, following Kiss the Girls (1997). and High Crimes (2002). See more »


At the beginning of the movie, before Winter is rescued, Sawyer is riding a blue bike. After Winter is rescued, and throughout the remainder of the movie, it is black. See more »


Hazel Haskett: What does your dad do?
Sawyer Nelson: I don't know. He left like 5 years ago. We don't know where he is. He never calls, never writes.
Hazel Haskett: Oh.
Sawyer Nelson: So what does your mom do?
Hazel Haskett: She died when I was 7. Never calls, never writes.
See more »


Referenced in Jessie: Beauty and the Beasts (2012) See more »


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
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

What a great film!
10 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Congrat's Charlie Smith, you've done it again. Congrat's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson...and Bob Engelman. I've been a part of a lot of films in our industry, as an actress, a choreographer, a director...and there are only a handful of great films you can point too, that you can watch over and over and over, and it never gets old. Dolphin Tale will be added to that list. From Morgan Freeman to Ashley Judd, all of the actors were phenomenal. The child actor Nathan Gamble pours his little heart into this one, and will become the new it young actor. Harry Connick Jr. is the dad of all dads, and the young actress Cozi Zuehlsdorff will will eventually become a wonderful little actress if she stays away from troublemakers in the industry. There were also a lot of successful actors in the supporting cast that helped make this film one for the ages. like, Frances Sternhagen, Kris Kristofferson, Ray McKinnon, Jim Fitzpatrick, Marc Macauly and Richard Libertini. And last but not least Winter. If you love animals and/or Dolphins..you too will love Dolphin Tale!

353 of 381 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why so much hate on this movie? alicia-angel92
The Cove johanwalen
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: