Dolphin Tale


Cliché-filled but warm-hearted story of boy meets dolphin-minus-tail Discuss this article

Pack a few hankies for this warm-hearted but schmaltzy pic, based on the story of Winter, an injured bottlenose dolphin rehabilitated at Florida’s Clearwater Marine Hospital. Regrettably, the dolphin has its tail amputated. But, in a rousing case of humanity, Winter’s carers – pulling out all the stops – persuade a prosthetics expert to mould a new tail.

Director Charles Martin Smith transforms the story into a sentimental bonding tale about a withdrawn youngster whose own demons are exorcised by spending time with the recuperating mammal. Smith’s uneven cliché fest comes packaged with all the trappings of the earnest, melodramatic crowd-pleaser. But as much as it grates, it still manages to warm the cockles.

By Derek Adams
Time Out Doha,

Dolphin Tale

  • Duration: 113
  • Released: Thu, 03 Nov
  • Classification: G
  • Language: English
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  • Director: Charles Martin Smith
  • Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, Frances Sternhagen

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