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Flipper (1963)

Sandy is distraught when, having saved Flipper by pulling out a spear, his father insists the dolphin be released. A grateful Flipper, however, returns the favor when Sandy is threatened by Sharks.

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James B. Clark

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Ricou Browning (story), Jack Cowden (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chuck Connors ... Porter Ricks
Luke Halpin ... Sandy Ricks
Connie Scott ... Kim Parker
Jane Rose Jane Rose ... Hettie White
Joe Higgins ... Mr. L.C. Porett
Robertson White Robertson White ... Mr. Abrams
George Applewhite George Applewhite ... Sheriff Rogers
Kathleen Maguire ... Martha Ricks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitzie Mitzie ... Flipper
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Storyline

The Florida Keys have been hit by hard times of late. First, a red plague kills off much of the fish in the area. And second, Hurricane Hazel unexpectedly changes course to hit the Keys. Regardless, the Ricks family - fisherman father Po (short for Porter), wife Martha, their preteen son Sandy, and Sandy's pet pelican Pete - live in all its aspects by the sea, even during these hard times. When Sandy witnesses the accidental spearing of a dolphin, he, on his own, decides to find the dolphin to put it out of its misery. Upon finding the injured dolphin, Sandy, not having the heart to shoot him, decides instead to tow the dolphin home. With some care and love, Sandy and Martha nurse the dolphin back to health. Sandy wants to keep the dolphin, who he's named Flipper, but Po ultimately releases Flipper, who he sees as "the enemy": a creature who is on the hunt for whatever short supply of fish there are around the Keys. But Po learns that friends - what Flipper and Sandy are to each other... Written by Huggo

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It's Absolutely FIN-tastic! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flipper See more »

Filming Locations:

Grassy Key, Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Phillips and Rene Burau appear as extras in the Flipper movie - Lee as the father of the boy who accidentally spears Flipper and is injured underwater and Rene as his 11 year old cousin and skeptic of Flipper's ability to do tricks. Both actors appear together in a familial role two years later in 1964 in Show # 14 "Danger" in Series 1 of the Flipper TV series: Lee Phillips as fraudster Dick Johnson and Rene Burau as Timmy his 13 year old son. See more »

Goofs

When Sandy is looking for the injured Flipper, Sandy swims under water. He then gets back in the boat and his hair is dry. See more »

Quotes

Sandy Ricks: [Sandy shows his mom the injured Flipper and she decides to help] What do we do, ma?
Martha Ricks: The same thing I'd do for any animal: get me the kitchen knife and iodine.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Monty Can't Buy Me Love (1999) See more »

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Flipper
Written by 'By' Dunham and Henry Vars
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Seriously--how can you hate this?
15 December 2008 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A "red plague" has hit the Florida Keys and fisherman Porter Ricks (Chuck Connors) and son Sandy (Luke Halpin) can't find fish to make a living. But Sandy saves a dolphin from dying and they became buddies. (I know I know--but this IS a kids film). Flipper (as the kid names him) leads them to a place with plenty of fish and saves Sandy from a killer shark (stop smirking!).

OK--the plot is ridiculous and the same shots are used a LOT but it's really hard to hate this film. The underwater photography is impressive and Flipper himself is so cute he's hard to resist. Despite the totally stupid plot I found myself grinning whenever Flipper did cute things like jump out of the water or "talk" to the kid. Also Connors is surprisingly good as a tough (but nice) father and Halpin is easily one of the most likable child actors I've ever seen. He's nice and friendly--he acts just like a kid would. I admit the title song (first played about an hour in) is hysterically bad but I sort of enjoyed it. This is a perfect kids movie--especially if they love animals. I know not everyone loves dolphins but I do and I found this silly movie quite enjoyable. I give it a 6.


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