The Day of the Dolphin

Released 1973

Director: Mike Nichols

Rating: PG

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  • The Day of the Dolphin, adapted from the novel by Robert Merle, concerns research scientist Dr. Jake Terrell (George C. Scott) and his wife Maggie (Trish Van Devere) and their secret island project involving two dolphins, whom they have raised since birth. In an amazing feat of Phonetic science, they have, after years of hard work, taught their unique dolphins to speak English. But when strangers begin to come to the Terrells' private island, and a murder takes place in the dolphinarium, they begin to realise that the Foundation which has always backed their researches does not necessarily have benign motives...moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • George C. Scott

    Dr. Jake Terrell

  • Trish Van Devere

    Maggie Terrell

  • Paul Sorvino

    Curtis Mahoney

  • Fritz Weaver

    Harold de Milo

  • Jon Korkes

    David

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Dr. Jake Terrell: [on returning to the island]: I go away for one lousy afternoon and the whole place falls apart!

    • Dr. Jake Terrell: [discussing dolphins]: Why, as mammals, were they compelled - or did they decide - to leave the land and return to the sea?

    • Harold de Milo: Is this blackmail, Mr. Mahoney?
      Curtis Mahoney: Goodness, no!

    Notes (1)

    • This film, like Robert Merle's original novel, was inspired by the researches of Dr. John Lilley. He threatened the makers of the film with a lawsuit, although it came to nothing (perhaps because the film was a box-office flop).

    Trivia (3)

    • The noises made by the dolphins - eventually becoming recognisable speech - were provided on the soundtrack by the film's scriptwriter, Buck Henry (who was uncredited in this role).

    • Lamar Boren was responsible for filming all underwater scenes.

    • The dolphins who appeared in this film were trained by Peter Moss, Kathy Trout and Erica Abt.

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