The Day of the Dolphin

Released 1973



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  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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).

  • Allusions

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