The Day of the Dolphin

Synopsis: Dr Jake Terrell, who has been training a pair of dolphins for many years, has had a breakthrough. He has taught his dolphins to speak and understand English, although they do have a limited vocabulary. When the dolphins are stolen, he discovers they're to be used in an assassination attempt. Now he is in a race to discover who is the target, and where the dolphins are, before the attempt is carried out.
Director(s): Mike Nichols
Production: AVCO Embassy Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
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104 min

I mean what can a

dolphin teach us?

We are trying to learn ...

... about how his sonar works

about the functions of his language,

... about how he manages to maneuver

with such speed and dexterity,

most of all wed like

to know why...

... after millions of years

as a land animal...

this species was compelled, or

or ... decided to return to the sea.

Um, what about their

speaking, in English?

I beg your pardon?

I saw this dolphin on television and he

counted from one to eight in English.


I didn't see it.

What do you suppose it was? Was it

some of trick or something?

Yeah, yeah I'd say,

Yes, just a trick.

Harold, I'm afraid we're gonna have to skip this drink.

I've got to get back to the island right away.

Nothing wrong I hope.

No nothing that can't be fixed.

Is there anything I can do to help?

Yes, you could ah, get the foundation to pay those bills

at Key Largo for me. I need that new equipment right away.

-Jake I have to talk to you about it.

Thank you so much, that was absolutely fascinating.

thank you... as I was saying I'd like to talk

about some of those bills.

Your getting weekly reports aren't you?

Nobody's complaining.

It's just that we are wondering about all the new recording equipment.

wondering what?

What are you using it for.

Recording, excuse me... I see.

Harold, we're recording the sounds

the dolphins are making.

And trying to develop a highly

complicated feedback system.

Look are we going over the budget?

Yes you are.

Oh, then we'll try to be more careful. Thank you.

That your car? Yes.

Drop me off at the marina will you?

Jake that's 30 miles in the wrong direction.

direction. -Tell him to drive fast. I'm in a hurry.

Drive fast, he's in a hurry.

Jake ...

... thanks for giving the speech.

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