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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Embassy Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

George C Scott was paid $750k. See more »

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

Quotes

Alpha: [after blowing up the yacht] David is... NOT!
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Referenced in This Ain't Saved by the Bell XXX (2009) See more »

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Nocturne
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Sensitive film about trust
12 February 2000 | by gagewynSee all my reviews

Aside from the idea of using talking dolphins to kill the president, this is a well done and sensitive movie. The idea of a 70Õs movie about dolphins killing the president appealed to me in a cheesy=good sort of way. The subplot about the assassination was indeed humorous, but was not the point of the movie and is only a device to bring out the human dolphin relationships. The real focus of the film is on the relationships between the dolphins, each other, and the trainers.

The major problem that I had with this movie was rather arbitrary. The dolphins sound a bit like Furbies, which gives the sensitive moments a slight tinge of absurdity. And of course there was the presidential assassination plot. Given the low budget the president was an ambitious target-to well protected. Oh well pretend that they are trying to kill some independently wealthy minor drug lord or senator or someone and it makes sense.

In showing human-dolphin relationships and a theme of innocence this movie is almost perfect. It backs off at the right times to keep from being to mushy (ex. Pa doesnÕt jump in the water and hug the dolphins at the end) At the same time the relationship is very sensitive and nonwithdrawn. The whiting out bit at the end is the sort of mushy device that usually annoys me, but in this case it didnÕt. This film balances between showing genuine caring and going to far to a comical degree.

My advice is to see this if you like animals, even if you are the sort of person who doesnÕt like cute animal movies. This is an extremely well done sensitive film about trust.


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