Synopsis: 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
Director(s): James B. Clark
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

[Man] I've lived all my life

on the sea.

So did my father.

So will my son.

I've seen the giant creatures

of the deep,

the great whales,

making their passage

to northern feeding grounds,

and the last herds

of the sea elephant.

I've watched the cunning

maneuvers of killer whale...

As they leaped

into the air...

And hit the sea with the sound

of a Cannon shot,

frightening the sea elephants

and sea lions into the water,

where they would

become easy prey.

The shark,

lacking this cleverness,

prowled for what smaller fish

he could find.

The giant octopus,

fearsome-looking but timid,

has many a time

avoided my boat.

But the dolphins,

the dolphins always

seemed to come right up

to the Fisherman's boat

and ride the bow wave

with the speed

of a torpedo.


they seemed at times

to be talking to each other

and to be looking at us.

I used to watch them

for hours,

studying them,

thinking and remembering

the stories I'd heard

about them.

But I didn't

really know the dolphins

until my son, a child,

as in the Bible,

led me to an understanding

of their kind.

It was a few years ago

when the red plague destroyed

almost all edible fish

in the Florida keys.

Like the fishermen above,

the surviving creatures below

were hungry.

Even the swift dolphin

was able to find no food.

The fish were poisoned

by the plague.

Their lifeless bodies

were spread throughout the sea.

Pa, maybe this time

the fish will be alive.

Maybe the red tide

didn't come out

this far.


But we're going

to find fish if we

have to go 2o Miles out

and clear to the bottom.

They're dead.

Well, let's

get rid of them.

Used to be you'd

throw out an anchor,

you'd hit a fish.

Pa, look!


They're sure

making time.

They're probably

looking for fish

the same as we are.

It shouldn't be

as hard for them.


What's the matter, pa?

[Wind howling]

Is something wrong, pa?

Hazel must have

changed her course.

The weather station

this morning said

she was headed west.

She's coming north now.

Amplifier's gone.

I should have

carried a spare tube.

You're not scared,

are you?

No, pa.

Lash down everything loose.

We're going to make a run

for home.

Message block, son.

Good boy.

Read it.

"Return to port.

"Coast guard patrol boat

will intercept you.

"Hurricane hazel

now heading north.

Winds increasing

up to 8o knots."

But you knew that


I should have known it

an hour ago. Hold fast.

[Boat horn honks]

You Porter ricks

out of coral key?

That's right.

We've been trying

to raise you.

Radio's out.

You heard from Nick velakis,

another boat like mine?

Just had him

on the radio.

He says he can

make it in all right

ahead of the storm.

I can't

take you a-tow.

Do you want to

come aboard?

Risk my boat?

No, thank you. We'll make it.

Pa, are we going

to make it?

I promised your ma we'd

be home before dark.

Come on, Zack, hurry up.

It's terrible

outside the channel.

I haven't seen

your folks go by yet.

You better go and get them.

Mr. l.C. Porett,

you old fool.

Stop nagging that boat

and get on up there

to the post office.

And leave mirabel?

I'd rather

leave my wife.

There's Porter.

Porter ricks' boat.

Come on, Porter!

Come on, mirabel!

Porter, where the halifax

you been?

Nick velakis come in yet?

I ain't seen him.

Come on!

Everybody's going in

and heading for the

post office.

Sandy, if your mother's not

already at the post office,

you get home

and help her, you hear?

Ok, pa.

Give me that line.

Where the blazes

you going now?

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Ricou Browning

Ricou Browning (born November 23, 1930) is an American film director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer and stuntman. He is best known for his underwater stunt work, playing the Gill-man in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us. Other actors portrayed the creature on land. He is also the only actor to have portrayed the creature more than once. He is the only surviving Gill-man actor, and the last surviving original Universal Monster.Browning worked at Wakulla Springs in the 1940s and learned to perform in underwater newsreels conceived by Newton Perry, who later took Browning along when he opened Weeki Wachee.Browning directed the underwater scenes in Thunderball (1966 Academy Award winner for special visual effects), underwater scenes in Caddyshack (1980) and coordinated marine stunts in an episode of Boardwalk Empire (2010). A Florida native, Browning was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2012. more…

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