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The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

A marine biologist teaches his dolphins to communicate in English but shady characters plan to kidnap the trained mammals for a more sinister purpose.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Buck Henry (screenplay), Robert Merle (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Jake Terrell
Trish Van Devere ... Maggie Terrell
Paul Sorvino ... Curtis Mahoney
John Dehner ... Wallingford
Severn Darden ... Schwinn
Elizabeth Wilson ... Mrs. Rome
William Roerick William Roerick ... Dunhill
Phyllis Davis ... Receptionist
Pat Zurica ... First Mate
Jon Korkes ... David
Edward Herrmann ... Mike
Leslie Charleson ... Maryanne
Victoria Racimo ... Lana
John David Carson ... Larry
Willie Myers Willie Myers ... Stone (as Willie Meyers)
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Storyline

Dr Jake Terrell, who has been training a pair of dolphins for many years, has had a breakthrough. He has taught his dolphins to speak and understand English, although they do have a limited vocabulary. When the dolphins are stolen, he discovers they're to be used in an assassination attempt. Now he is in a race to discover who is the target, and where the dolphins are, before the attempt is carried out. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The most amazing outdoor adventure ever filmed! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1974 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

El día del delfín See more »

Filming Locations:

Abaco Island, Bahamas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

AVCO Embassy Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Buck Henry provides the voices of the dolphins when they speak human words. See more »

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[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Alpha: Fa!
Dr. Jake Terrell: Well Fa... you've had quite a day, haven't you?
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Connections

Referenced in Knightriders (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Eye Of The Dolphin - The Red Ball
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Fa Love Pa
24 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

George C. Scott has taught a pair of dolphins to understand and speak English. But he didn't realize the foundation funding him is actually a covert government agency. Now the agency has taken the two dolphins and plans to use them as assassins. Okay, this all sounds just ridiculous I know but it's actually pretty good. It's directed by Mike Nichols, which is somewhat surprising, as he is not well-known for sci-fi or thrillers. It's written by Buck Henry, who is more known for comedies. Despite stepping out of their respective comfort zones, I think both do a fine job. The cast is good. The story is very interesting. The dolphin scenes are wonderful. Perhaps it's a little giggle-worthy at times but ultimately it's a smart, entertaining film that's pretty unique.


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