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Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

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The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.

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Charles Martin Smith, Karen Janszen (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Morgan Freeman ... Dr. Cameron McCarthy
Ashley Judd ... Lorraine Nelson
Juliana Harkavy ... Rebecca
Kris Kristofferson ... Reed Haskett
Harry Connick Jr. ... Dr. Clay Haskett
Charles Martin Smith ... George Hatton
Austin Stowell ... Kyle Connellan
Carlos Gómez ... Dr. Aslan
Nathan Gamble ... Sawyer Nelson
Cozi Zuehlsdorff ... Hazel Haskett
Austin Highsmith ... Phoebe
Tom Nowicki ... Phillip J Hordern
Tamara Austin ... Nurse's Aide
Taylor Blackwell ... Susie
Bethany Hamilton ... Herself
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Storyline

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins' social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium. Written by Warner Bros.

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WINTER's amazing true story... now has HOPE.

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Drama | Family

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter - El delfín 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,873,397, 12 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,019,483, 12 December 2014
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the fifth movie featuring both Morgan Freeman and with Ashley Judd. The first four were Kiss the Girls (1997), High Crimes (2002), Dolphin Tale (2011), and Olympus Has Fallen (2013). See more »

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Quotes

Dr. Cameron McCarthy: [on Winter] Does she ever come out?
Dr. Clay Haskett: Not much, it's hard to even coax her out to eat.
Dr. Cameron McCarthy: You ever try bacon? It works with my cat.
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The opening of the film has no credits but the title. The title is shown on a beach and disappears when a wave comes as if it is being washed away. See more »

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Never Too Much
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Should have been released Direct to DVD
8 December 2014 | by estebangonzalez10See all my reviews

"You can't just throw two dolphins in the water together."

And that's basically the only conflict driving the plot for this sequel. I was a huge fan of Charles Martin Smith's first film starring Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail, but there isn't anything appealing about this sequel which barely has a plot. I felt that there was never really much at stake here and many of the emotional moments felt forced, unlike in the first film where there was a lot at stake. There were a lot of fillings and subplots that never did anything to help build the pacing, and despite remaining family friendly, most children will probably be bored by this sequel. I never got engaged with it and perhaps much of that had to do with the weak script and the lack of conflict. The characters which I really liked the first time around didn't do anything for me in this sequel and I didn't feel that same connection they had with Winter this time around. Dolphin Tale 2 has all the right ingredients for a direct to DVD movie, but somehow it has been released in the big screen and received some positive reviews from the critics (only 4% lower than Interstellar according to Rottentomatoes). It astonishes me considering this film is formulaic and predictable with very little going for it. A week from now everyone will forget about it.

The true star of the franchise is Winter, but in this sequel we really don't get to see the dolphin all that much. There really isn't much at stake either, and we know how everything is going to play out. The cast is back again, which means we get some cameos from Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson, but they aren't given any substantial role this time around. The film centers once again on the child actors, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff, who deliver solid performances but don't add much to the story. From the first scene you can tell that the producers were simply trying to cash in after the success of the first film because there is not much going for it story wise. The true story is inspirational and the original film has touched many people's lives, but there wasn't any need for a sequel.


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