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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sandy Ricks
... Porter Ricks
... Dirk Moran
... Bounty Fisherman #1
Ann Carey ... Fisherman's Wife
Mark Casella ... Bounty Fisherman #2
... Bounty Fisherman #3
Bill Kelley ... Tommy
... Cathy
... Marvin
Lindsay Treco ... Little Girl
... Kim
Mal Jones ... Russ
Louis Seeger Crume ... Mr. Dunnahy
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 »

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Family | Adventure

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

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17 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Fliper  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Luke Halpin played Sandy in the TV series Flipper (1964) See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Uncle Porter: To live is to love. All reasons against it. All instincts for it.
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Referenced in Talking Saul: Mabel (2017) See more »

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Tipitina
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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A good, heart-warming movie
3 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Flipper is a good movie that you can just sit down and watch with the little ones without having to worry about shielding their eyes at any point during it. Sure it's a bit cheesey at times and the writing is not on scale with an actor of Elijah Wood's caliber, but it is an entertaining film to watch and it's nice to see him playing a somewhat normal teenager. His character Sandy does lean towards the overly obnoxious side of things in the beginning though. So much so that you know if you were in the uncle's place, you'd take him out for a midnight ocean ride and not return with him.


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