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Inspired by the amazing true story, Dolphin Tale is a family film about Winter, a young dolphin who loses her tail in a crab trap, and Sawyer, the introverted 11-year old boy who befriends her. First meeting the rescued dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine rehabilitation center where she lives, Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) rallies his friends and family alike to save Winter by convincing a pioneering doctor (Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman) to create a unique prosthetic attachment to restore the dolphin's ability to swim. Directed by actor/filmmaker Charles Martin Smith (Never Cry Wolf), this inspirational family drama from the producers of The Blind Side also stars Harry Connick, Jr. as the marine biologist who rescues the dolphin, Ashley Judd as the boy's mother and Winter, the dolphin, who plays herself in the movie!
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Wisely dialing down the schmaltz, Dolphin Tale is earnest, sweet, and well-told, a rare family film that both kids and parents can enjoy.
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Common Sense Says
Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dolphin Tale is an inspiring family drama with themes of courage and survival. It's based on the true story of an injured dolphin named Winter. There's very little content that isn't age appropriate for kids of all ages, but younger viewers may be sensitive to a few mildly upsetting scenes: the opening shot of Winter stuck on the beach with a bloody, tied-up tail; the news of an injured character returning home from his deployment; and a sequence showing a hurricane hitting central Florida. Many school-aged children may actually already be familiar with the story, since the book about Winter's rescue is included in some middle-grade lesson plans.
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- Genre:Drama, Family
- Release Date:September 23, 2011
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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