The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

PG   |    |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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A marine biologist teaches his dolphins to communicate in English but shady characters plan to kidnap the trained mammals for a more sinister purpose.


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12 February 2000 | gagewyn
Sensitive film about trust
Aside from the idea of using talking dolphins to kill the president, this is a well done and sensitive movie. The idea of a 70Õs movie about dolphins killing the president appealed to me in a cheesy=good sort of way. The subplot about the assassination was indeed humorous, but was not the point of the movie and is only a device to bring out the human dolphin relationships. The real focus of the film is on the relationships between the dolphins, each other, and the trainers.

The major problem that I had with this movie was rather arbitrary. The dolphins sound a bit like Furbies, which gives the sensitive moments a slight tinge of absurdity. And of course there was the presidential assassination plot. Given the low budget the president was an ambitious target-to well protected. Oh well pretend that they are trying to kill some independently wealthy minor drug lord or senator or someone and it makes sense.

In showing human-dolphin relationships and a theme of innocence this movie is almost perfect. It backs off at the right times to keep from being to mushy (ex. Pa doesnÕt jump in the water and hug the dolphins at the end) At the same time the relationship is very sensitive and nonwithdrawn. The whiting out bit at the end is the sort of mushy device that usually annoys me, but in this case it didnÕt. This film balances between showing genuine caring and going to far to a comical degree.

My advice is to see this if you like animals, even if you are the sort of person who doesnÕt like cute animal movies. This is an extremely well done sensitive film about trust.

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Release Date:

15 March 1974



Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Abaco Island, Bahamas

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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