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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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Unwittingly He Trained a Dolphin to Kill the President of the United States 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

One reason Mike Nichols decided to direct this film was to complete a four-picture deal with producer Joseph Levine. See more »

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

Quotes

Dr. Jake Terrell: He's calling you a liar.
Ben Wallingford - Foundation: He is, is he?
Dr. Jake Terrell: Well, that's what he said.
Ben Wallingford - Foundation: I'm being called a liar by a goddamn fish?
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Connections

Referenced in Tremors: The Sounds of Silence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From The Day Of The Dolphin
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Hauntingly beautiful music
24 September 1999 | by MooeyG-2See all my reviews

I agree with the assessment that the movie points out how we, as caretakers of the Earth, tend to abusiveness and misunderstanding. I agree also that it is a hokey telling of that theme, but still effective. I might venture that a contributing factor in its effectiveness is the beautiful music created by George Delerue. It is lilting and graceful, moving through the air the way the dolphins move through the water. I was very affected at the end of this film.


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