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The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

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... See full summary »

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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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29 March 1974 (Denmark)  »

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El día del delfín  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,300,000
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The trained dolphins who played Alpha and Beta were actually named Buck (for screenwriter Buck Henry) and Ginger (for dancer Ginger Rogers). On the next to the last day of filming, when their parts were done, they escaped and never returned. It was almost if they knew that for their roles it was a wrap. See more »

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Woman in audience: What about their speaking in English?
Dr. Jake Terrell: I'm sorry?
Woman in audience: I saw this dolphin on television and he could count from 1 to 10 in English.
Dr. Jake Terrell: Really? I must have missed that.
Woman in audience: Do you think its some kind of trick or something?
Dr. Jake Terrell: Yes... yes its just a trick.
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Referenced in Good Times: Black Jesus (1974) See more »

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Circles And Squares
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Hauntingly beautiful music
24 September 1999 | by See 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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