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Dolphin Tale (2011)

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A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Connick Jr. ... Dr. Clay Haskett
Ashley Judd ... Lorraine Nelson
Nathan Gamble ... Sawyer Nelson
Kris Kristofferson ... Reed Haskett
Cozi Zuehlsdorff ... Hazel Haskett
Morgan Freeman ... Dr. Cameron McCarthy
Austin Stowell ... Kyle Connellan
Frances Sternhagen ... Gloria Forrest
Austin Highsmith ... Phoebe
Betsy Landin ... Kat
Juliana Harkavy ... Rebecca
Megan Lozicki Megan Lozicki ... Brittany
Jim Fitzpatrick ... Max Connellan
Kim Ostrenko ... Alyce Connellan
Michael Roark ... Donovan Peck
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Storyline

A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin's life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tail. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Taglines:

Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delfiini lugu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,152,401, 25 September 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$72,286,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,404,397
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The gel / liner for Winter the dolphin - as well as Winter herself - is in fact REAL. It was not done with special effects and is actually Winter herself swimming around both without the prosthetic tail and with the prosthesis. Initially the aquarium had issues with keeping a prosthetic tail on her that was secure and comfortable. Because of this they reached out to a local medical manufacturer, ALPS South out of St. Petersburg, Florida partnered with Hanger Orthopedic Group and ALPS South developed the liner, specifically designed to comfortably and securely fit Winter's prosthetic tail. See more »

Goofs

Sawyer is wearing a short sleeve blue t-shirt when he jumps into the water after the relay race at the end of the movie. Once underwater, the shirt has long black sleeves. This indicates a passage of time. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cameron McCarthy: Just because you're hurt doesn't mean you're broken.
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Connections

Referenced in Jessie: Beauty and the Beasts (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sh-Boom
Written by James Keyes (as James C. Keyes), Carl Feaster, Floyd McRae, Claude Feaster and James Edwards (as James W. Edwards)
Performed by The Chords
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A Forever Film!
24 September 2011 | by svarandSee all my reviews

Beautiful writing. Wonderful acting (by all species!). Inspirational. I laughed + I cried + It gave me hope = FANTASTIC MOVIE!! My family met Winter at CMA a few years ago. It is truly wonderful to see how Winter's story inspires and gives hope to those facing life's challenges. I am so pleased to see CMA get the recognition they so deserve for all the good work they have done over the years. No doubt they will continue to work miracles as they have done with Winter and her friends!! Don't let the PG rating hold you back from taking the little ones. My two kids (under 7) did just fine. In my opinion could very well be a G rated movie.


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