1 March 2019 | bkoganbing
Fa and Ba love Ma and Pa
With some generous financial backing marine biologist George C. Scott has trained two dolphins to actually speak some rudimentary English. The dolphins
are Alpha and Beta and they refer to Scott and wife Trish Van Devere as Ma and
Pa. To all intents and purposes they are parents of the porpoises.
Pure scientist Scott as he describes himself has never given a thought as to his
backers and their generous financial backing. But when he and Van Devere
are lured off the island they work on and Alpha and Beta are taken, it's up to
Scott to find them as he considers them as like his children.
Scott usually the most intense of actors is rather subdued in his part here. He
has trouble comprehending why anyone would want to put such creatures in
harm's way. Make no mistake it's in harm's way they are going.
I couldn't quite figure out Paul Sorvino's role in this film. He's first with the
bad guys and then defects and gives Scott a voice of common sense that he
The dolphins are the real show, the true innocents in a corrupt world. To an
extent they mirror their ma and pa.
The Day Of The Dolphin got Oscar nominations for sound and for the music
score. It's an interesting and absorbing film even today.