Dolphin Tale

Genre:  Drama, Family
Running Time:  113 min.
Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD: December 20, 2011
Netflix: November 15, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.21
based on 778 votes and 188 reviews
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Cast: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Morgan Freeman, Austin Stowell

Inspiration: Winter the Dolphin


Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) has been withdrawn ever since his father left the family several years earlier. Now 11, Sawyer has failed all his classes and has to go to summer school.

One morning, he's called over by a fisherman who has found a beached dolphin wound up in a net. Sawyer manages to cut some of the rope from the baby dolphin, while the man calls for help. The dolphin goes to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, but her tail eventually has to be removed because the rope that had been wound around it cut off her circulation.

Sawyer goes to visit every day and he forms a bond with the dolphin, who has been named Winter. But when Winter develops health problems due to her lack of tail, and the Aquarium runs into financial trouble, Winter's future becomes uncertain.

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Richard Ingber
Screenplay: Karen Janszen, Noam Dromi
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  • 4 stars "This movie was very good. i think it was very inspiring.. i liked tht it also was a true story....."
  • 3 stars "barely 3 stars...nice family movie but i did expect more."
  • 1 star "good for kidz"