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Flipper (1996)

PG | | Family, Adventure | 17 May 1996 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Alan Shapiro

Writers:

Ricou Browning (story), Jack Cowden (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Sandy thought he was in for another boring summer. Instead, he got the adventure of a lifetime. See more »

Genres:

Family | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fliper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,530,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$213,370, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$20,047,715, 18 August 1996
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Paul Hogan uses a blowtorch to 'toast' bread he is recreating a gag that was employed on The Paul Hogan Show where Hoges makes toast for his house-mate - Strop. See more »

Goofs

When Sandy is awaken by Flipper on the dock, by Flipper splashing him, his hair goes from barely wet to soaked. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Porter: People who don't care wind up in a home drooling cream spinach
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Connections

References Jaws (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Gone, Gone, Gone
Written by Don Everly and Phil Everly
Performed by Leika & The Cosmonauts (as Laika and The Cosmonauts)
Courtesy of Upstart Records and Texicali Records
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It's a lot like Casablanca really
2 September 2004 | by marysiaSee all my reviews

Dolphin - cute

Elijah Wood - very very cute, especially when wet and partially nekkid

Paul Hogan - strangely attractive, must have been the leather bondage cuff he wore through the whole movie

Plot - very silly

Cute blonde - romance sub-plot highly unconvincing, clearly no girl can come between a boy and his dolphin and Elijah doesn't even make a vague attempt at kissing her, instead choosing to spend all his time fondling Flipper

Ending - strangely similar to Casablanca, as Elijah says farewell to the finned love of his life...

Lij: Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I've done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing. You're going out into that sea with your family where you belong.

Flipper: eee eee eee

Lij: Now you've got to listen to me! Do you have any idea what you'd have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten we'd both wind up in SeaWorld. Isn't that true, Paul Hogan?

Paul: I'm afraid the kid is right

Flipper: eee eee eee

Lij: I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with your family. You're part of their life - the thing that keeps them going. If that pod leaves here and you're not with them, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon. And for the rest of your life.

Flipper: eee eee eee

Lij: We'll always have that time under the pier. We didn't have - we lost it until you found the poison barrels. We got it back last night.

Flipper: eee eee eee

Lij: And you never will. But I've got a job to do, too. And where I'm going you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Flipper, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of one little boy and his dolphin don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Some day you'll understand that. Here's looking at you, kid.

I'm so moved I may weep.

In summary, approximately 5000 times better than Queen of the Damned, not quite as good as Lord of the Rings.


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