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PG| 1 hr. 53 min.

Plot Summary
While swimming free in the ocean, a young dolphin gets caught in a trap and severely damages her tail. Though she is rescued and transported to Clearwater Marine Hospital, her tail cannot be saved, and the prognosis is dire. What the dolphin, now named Winter, needs is a miracle. She gets that miracle in the form of a marine biologist (Harry Connick Jr.), a prosthetics designer (Morgan Freeman), and a devoted boy (Nathan Gamble), who find a way to help Winter swim again.

Cast: Harry Connick Jr. , Ashley Judd , Nathan Gamble , Kris Kristofferson , Cozi Zuehlsdorff , Morgan Freeman , Austin Stowell , Frances Sternhagen

Director: Charles Martin Smith

Genres: Docudrama, Adventure

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Dolphin Tale (2011)

Release Date: September 23rd, 2011|1 hr. 53 min.

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fan reviews ( 40 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Even with the conflict overkill, most of the small moments ring true. Dolphin Tale has more in common with "The Swiss Family Robinson" than most modern live-action family movies, where slapstick and cheap laughs feed short attention spans. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The story of healing and courage is told with a refreshing lack of cynicism, not surprising since it's from the same producers as the wonderful "My Dog Skip." show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Between the earnest boy, his playful mammal, the film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith is a winning family entertainment. show more

  • July 03, 2013 katgold0108
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    I love this movie it is based on a true story and nathan gamble is so hot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 25, 2012 qb00000000117785
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    Loved this good, clean, family movie!

  • February 06, 2012 jerry
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    its an amazing movie

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New on DVD & Blu-ray, Week of Dec. 20: 'Midnight in Paris,' 'Dolphin Tale,' 'Warrior,' 'Straw Dogs'

Posted by
Harley W. Lond on Dec 20th, 2011 8:00AM

As we fast approach the end of the holiday season, the home entertainment studios are going all out with one last gasp of DVDs for gift giving. There's something for everyone this week: The...

'Dolphin Tale' Dethrones 'Lion King': Box Office Report, September 30-October 2

Posted by
Gary Susman on Oct 2nd, 2011 3:30PM

Winter the dolphin may have no tail, but she has legs at the box office. 'Dolphin Tale,' which opened at No. 3 last week, swam to first place with an estimated $14.2 million. That was enough not...

Box Office Report: 'Lion King' Rules 'Moneyball' and 'Dolphin Tale'

Posted by
Gary Susman on Sep 25th, 2011 2:10PM

As the number-crunching characters in 'Moneyball' could tell you, a player's stats don't always mesh with his actual earning power. Indeed, 'Moneyball' was favored to win the box office...

'Dolphin Tale' Director Dishes On Working With Its Real-Life Star, Winter

Posted by
Sandie Angulo Chen on Sep 24th, 2011 10:00AM

For some filmmakers, the idea of working with children and animals -- not to mention the entire family film genre, for that matter -- is an abhorrent proposition. But 'Dolphin Tale' director...

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