The Day of the Dolphin

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Released 1973

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The Day of the Dolphin

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Director:
Mike Nichols
Released:
1973
Rating:
PG

The Day of the Dolphin, adapted from a French 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 the two dolphins they have raised since birth (one 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...

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      • Robert Merle's novel was originally called Un Animal Doue De Raison (An Animal Endowed With Reason) and was originally published in French in 1969. It was an international best-seller, but making a film of it proved very difficult. Roman Polanski was working on it at the time of his wife's murder.

      • 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).

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