DOLPHIN TALE (Theatrical Release USA 2011)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Dolphin Tale—very watchable, a small gem for the young audience—shows how dolphins can be rehabilitated when they’ve lost important limbs like a tail. Good work by Director Charles Martin Smith in directing Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble (Mist, Dark Knight, and Marley & Me), Cozi Zueldorff (her first theatrical), Austin Stowell (his second theatrical), Kris Kristofferson, and Morgan Freeman (120 films and counting). Austin Stowell has good screen presence. It will be a pleasure to see how well he does in future films.


Eleven-year-old Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble), follows the progress of a rescue dolphin, Winter, who needs tail amputation. After the amputation, Winter is still able to swim; but the dolphin needs a prosthetic device to enable proper movement.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Charles Martin Smith for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Robert Engelman and Steven P. Wegner for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.), Lorraine Nelson (Ashley Judd), Reed Haskett (Kris Kristofferson), Hazel Haskett (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), Kyle Connellan (Austin Stowell), Gloria Forrest (Frances Sternhagen), and Phoebe (Austin Highsmith).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s an interesting movie for anyone who loves dolphins; the movie is comparable to Flipper.

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