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Flipper (1996)

PG | | Adventure, Family | 17 May 1996 (USA)
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A teenage boy sent to spend the summer with his eccentric uncle on the Florida coast befriends a remarkable dolphin - and takes on local bad guys who are polluting the water. With Isaac Hayes.

Director:

Alan Shapiro

Writers:

Ricou Browning (story), Jack Cowden (story) | 2 more credits »
5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Sandy Ricks
Paul Hogan ... Porter Ricks
Jonathan Banks ... Dirk Moran
Robert Deacon ... Bounty Fisherman #1
Ann Carey Ann Carey ... Fisherman's Wife
Mark Casella Mark Casella ... Bounty Fisherman #2
Luke Halpin ... Bounty Fisherman #3
Bill Kelley Bill Kelley ... Tommy
Chelsea Field ... Cathy
Jason Fuchs ... Marvin
Lindsay Treco Lindsay Treco ... Little Girl
Jessica Wesson ... Kim
Mal Jones ... Russ
Louis Seeger Crume Louis Seeger Crume ... Mr. Dunnahy
Bill Nolan Bill Nolan ... Bartender
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Storyline

Sandy Ricks is sent by his mother to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that brings uncle and nephew together and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime. Written by Wayne Coleman <waynecoleman@swbell.net>

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Sandy thought he was in for another boring summer. Instead, he got the adventure of a lifetime. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and menacing action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flipper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,530,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,209,525, 19 May 1996

Gross USA:

$20,080,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,080,020
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| DTS-Stereo (35 mm prints)| DTS (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Allegedly the Flipper from the original tv show killed himself; it's one of the rare documented cases of animal suicide. See more »

Goofs

When the boat is bearing down on the boy near the signal marker, the tracking radar shows it ahead of the boat but off to the right, at about the one o'clock position. As they close in on it, the distance on the radar gets shorter but it stays at the one-o'clock position. If they were heading straight toward it, it would be at the twelve o'clock position. See more »

Quotes

Sandy Ricks: What do you want? I'm from Chicago, it's not like there were street signs.
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Crazy Credits

In the VHS, right after the movie's over, there's a commercial for an Earth Communications Office announcement See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Flipper
Written by Henry Vars and "By' Dunham'
Produced by Richard Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph), Michael Sembello and Matthew Sweet
Performed by Matthew Sweet
Courtesy of Zoo Entertainment
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A feel-good movie reminiscent of the TV-series.
11 May 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is a feel-good family film that very much follows the heart-warming and fun adventure elements of the 1960s Flipper TV-series. It involves teenager Sandy Ricks (Elijah Wood), who is sent by his mom to live in the Coral Key with his Uncle Porter Ricks (Paul Hogan). At first, Sandy wasn't too keen on his new home, but that soon changes when meets a dolphin named Flipper. This friendship leads to a stronger relationship between uncle and nephew fascinating adventures for Sandy.

As Paul Hogan hasn't done much films since his Crocodile Dundee days, it was great seeing him in the Porter Ticks role, in which I think he gave a comical yet touching performance. Elijah Wood did a nice job portraying Sandy Ricks, and he has a touching on-screen chemistry with the wonderful dolphin. Luke Halpin, the original Sandy Ricks from the TV-series, plays one of the bounty fisherman in the movie. The story is a little slow at times, but the fun dolphin adventures make up for it.

The oceanside scenery is breath-taking and beautiful, reminding you of a care-free, relaxing and therapeutic atmosphere. Overall, it is a heart-warming and innocent film that is great for the entire family and a great substitute to many of the over-the-top action and teen-flick nonsense youngsters endure.

Grade B


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