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Flipper (1996)

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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 »

Director:

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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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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

Director Alan Shapiro originally wanted 'an entirely unknown' for the role of 'Kim'. However, felt that most of the girls that screen tested with Elijah Wood were too 'giggly'. He decided to cast someone with more experience. See more »

Goofs

Sandy gains shoes when knocked off the wharf into the water. See more »

Quotes

Sandy Ricks: [after almost being eaten by a shark] You know that story you told me, about Scar?
Kim: Mhm.
Sandy Ricks: It's true.
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Connections

References Jaws (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Book of Rules
Written by Barry Llewelyn and Harry M. Johnson
Performed by The Heptones
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
By arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A feel-good movie reminiscent of the TV-series.
11 May 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is a feel-good family film that very much follows the heart-warming and fun adventure elements of the 1960s Flipper TV-series. It involves teenager Sandy Ricks (Elijah Wood), who is sent by his mom to live in the Coral Key with his Uncle Porter Ricks (Paul Hogan). At first, Sandy wasn't too keen on his new home, but that soon changes when meets a dolphin named Flipper. This friendship leads to a stronger relationship between uncle and nephew fascinating adventures for Sandy.

As Paul Hogan hasn't done much films since his Crocodile Dundee days, it was great seeing him in the Porter Ticks role, in which I think he gave a comical yet touching performance. Elijah Wood did a nice job portraying Sandy Ricks, and he has a touching on-screen chemistry with the wonderful dolphin. Luke Halpin, the original Sandy Ricks from the TV-series, plays one of the bounty fisherman in the movie. The story is a little slow at times, but the fun dolphin adventures make up for it.

The oceanside scenery is breath-taking and beautiful, reminding you of a care-free, relaxing and therapeutic atmosphere. Overall, it is a heart-warming and innocent film that is great for the entire family and a great substitute to many of the over-the-top action and teen-flick nonsense youngsters endure.

Grade B


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