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Flipper (1996)

PG | | Adventure, Family | 17 May 1996 (USA)
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A teenage boy sent to spend the summer with his eccentric uncle on the Florida coast befriends a remarkable dolphin - and takes on local bad guys who are polluting the water. With Isaac Hayes.


Alan Shapiro


Ricou Browning (story), Jack Cowden (story) | 2 more credits »
5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Sandy Ricks
Paul Hogan ... Porter Ricks
Jonathan Banks ... Dirk Moran
Robert Deacon ... Bounty Fisherman #1
Ann Carey Ann Carey ... Fisherman's Wife
Mark Casella Mark Casella ... Bounty Fisherman #2
Luke Halpin ... Bounty Fisherman #3
Bill Kelley Bill Kelley ... Tommy
Chelsea Field ... Cathy
Jason Fuchs ... Marvin
Lindsay Treco Lindsay Treco ... Little Girl
Jessica Wesson ... Kim
Mal Jones ... Russ
Louis Seeger Crume Louis Seeger Crume ... Mr. Dunnahy
Bill Nolan Bill Nolan ... Bartender
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Sandy Ricks is sent by his mother to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that brings uncle and nephew together and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime. Written by Wayne Coleman <waynecoleman@swbell.net>

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This summer it's finally safe to go back in the water. See more »


Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and menacing action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Elijah Wood was scripted to have his first on-screen kiss in the film. The scene was shot, then cut out of the final movie. See more »


Often throughout the film the dolphin is referred to as a 'she' when it is supposed to be a 'he'. Most notably is when the dolphin is poisoned and getting him onto the stretcher. See more »


Sandy Ricks: I've been smoking up a storm. Uncle Porter lets me drink all the beer i want, he also knows a lot of loose women.
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Crazy Credits

In the VHS, right after the movie's over, there's a commercial for an Earth Communications Office announcement See more »


References Jaws 2 (1978) See more »


Written by Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd (as Roy Byrd)
Performed by Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd (as Professor Longhair)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

Pedestrian animal movie
22 January 2019 | by willputterSee all my reviews

Flipper tries to do for Dolphins what Free Willy managed for Whales. Unfortunately Flipper is nowhere in the same park as the well made Free Willy. About the only worthwhile thing Flipper offers is some decent underwater photography, but those in search of these kinds of marine views would do better checking out a National Geographic special on PBS. The film is intended to appeal to the under-12 crowd, but I have a hard time recommending it even for them. Flipper is calculated, market-driven entertainment -- recycled formulas staking out the early summer family film niche in hopes of making money. With better children's fare on the way, including the inevitable new animated feature from Disney, it's a good idea to throw this one back. Based on the 1963 movie which spawned a television series, Flipper has all the formula ingredients that saturate '90s family films. It's a cloying mixture that threatens a cuteness overdose. There isn't a moment of originality in this movie, which follows a routine path from start to finish.

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Release Date:

17 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$25,530,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,209,525, 19 May 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| DTS-Stereo (35 mm prints)| DTS (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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