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Flipper (1963)

Sandy is distraught when, having saved Flipper by pulling out a spear, his father insists the dolphin be released. A grateful Flipper, however, returns the favor when Sandy is threatened by Sharks.

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James B. Clark

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Ricou Browning (story), Jack Cowden (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Porter Ricks
Luke Halpin ... Sandy Ricks
Connie Scott ... Kim Parker
Jane Rose Jane Rose ... Hettie White
Joe Higgins ... Mr. L.C. Porett
Robertson White Robertson White ... Mr. Abrams
George Applewhite George Applewhite ... Sheriff Rogers
Kathleen Maguire ... Martha Ricks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitzie Mitzie ... Flipper
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Storyline

The Florida Keys have been hit by hard times of late. First, a red plague kills off much of the fish in the area. And second, Hurricane Hazel unexpectedly changes course to hit the Keys. Regardless, the Ricks family - fisherman father Po (short for Porter), wife Martha, their preteen son Sandy, and Sandy's pet pelican Pete - live in all its aspects by the sea, even during these hard times. When Sandy witnesses the accidental spearing of a dolphin, he, on his own, decides to find the dolphin to put it out of its misery. Upon finding the injured dolphin, Sandy, not having the heart to shoot him, decides instead to tow the dolphin home. With some care and love, Sandy and Martha nurse the dolphin back to health. Sandy wants to keep the dolphin, who he's named Flipper, but Po ultimately releases Flipper, who he sees as "the enemy": a creature who is on the hunt for whatever short supply of fish there are around the Keys. But Po learns that friends - what Flipper and Sandy are to each other... Written by Huggo

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It's Absolutely FIN-tastic! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nestašni delfin See more »

Filming Locations:

Grassy Key, Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Both Chuck Connors and Kathleen Maguire died from smoking-related cancers. See more »

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A friend of the family stops by to say that Porter will be home "tonight." He then further clarifies it will be around midnight. However, when Porter comes home it is daytime. See more »

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Porter Ricks: [while scolding his son for being irresponsible] Are you growing up, or down?
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A Boy and His Dolphin
4 November 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Flipper is an exceedingly pleasant, modest picture about a boy and his dolphin, and features easygoing, natural performances from Luke Halpin, as the boy, and Chuck Connors, as his rugged, seafaring father. The film is the first in the franchise that led eventually to a popular TV show. Producer Ivan Tors, who was also the man behind the Sea Hunt series on television, struck gold again with this one, a nice alternative at the time (and now) to the prevailing Disney family fare. It's hard to pinpoint how this and other Tors projects differ from what the Disney studio was making. The kids are a bit less goody two-shoes, the grownups more realistic. One doesn't have the virtual insurance that nearly every Disney film at the time offered that everything would work out in the end, so the moments of suspense and danger have a real edge. Flipper, by the way, has a real personality, and has a way of making you care for him. For those who care for the sea, marine life or just simple movies about kids and animals, this one's a darn good show.


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