Synopsis: Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that brings uncle and nephew together and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime.
Genre: Adventure, Family
Director(s): Alan Shapiro
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

It's the big house on the left.

"Casa de Porter"!


See ya, Porter!

Just the one.

It's not five o'clock yet.

I beg your pardon, little pig.

What d'ya say?

Sandy? - Yep.

- Thought you were comin' Thursday.

It is Thursday.

- Looks like I missed your boat.

Don't worry, buddy,

Uncle Paul will make it up to you.

What is this place anyway?

- It was an abandoned fishing camp.

It was a real dump when I got here.

Come aboard, I'll show you around.

Hey! Heel!

Here, boy.

We're in the poo, mate.

You like spaghetti this much?

- I'm quite a bargain hunter.

When the cruise ships are in the area,

you can do some terrific deals.

Any passengers that want Spaghetti-os

are out of luck.

I'm sure.

They're not exactly Dmaha steaks,

but you won't go hungry.

There's gotta be some mistake.

You cannot be my uncle.

You know they say: You can choose

your friends, but not your relatives.

Why don't you unpack?

I'll rustle us up some grub.

How much did she pay you

to take me off her hands?

I resent that. When your mother

called, I didn't hesitate.

If anyone

knows about divorce, it's me.

I mean, family's very important.

You guys are all I've got.

How much?

A hundred dollars a week.

Just for the summer.

Dh boy, she really low-balled ya.

Story of my life, kid.

This concert's history.

All aboard!

Come on, sailor! Shake a leg!

You don't get up, you don't eat.

Time to rock and roll!

Spaghetti-os with or without?

- Without what? - Pee-wee franks.

Suit yourself.

But out on the ocean,

you can't order a pizza.

You ever been fishing?

What d'ya catch? - A whale.

But I threw it back.

Most people think fishing's

a bamboo pole and a 6-pack of suds.

But it's tougher than that.

- Dh really.

What about seasickness?

Look, I can handle it.

Sure ya can.

Where's the bait, sailor?

Bait my butt!

You okay?

At least it floats!

Funny. Buck-faced wombat!

Just keep your eyes on the horizon.

- For how long?

As long as it takes to keep it down.

Damn dolphins stealing all the bait.

- They're scaring the fish away.

That's not fishing, kid.

That's murder.

It's pathetic.

Hey, kid!

You see where that dolphin went?


That way.

You sure?

Alright, Dirk!

Come on!

Go on, get outta here!

Go on. Go!


You gonna be at this concert?

- The Chili Peppers are mine!

You're splitting?

- Am I splitting!

Hey, Tommy.

You returning to the mainland?

I can't make it with no fish.

Fish are gone, I'm gone.

What, you givin' up the good life?

Good life's ancient history. I can't

feed a cat with what I catch.

Don't worry.

I'm on the 5 A.M. Ferry.

Pick me up, we'll be at the concert.

Gotta go, it's the hippy!

Thought you might

like a change. - Why?

I dunno.

Yo, Marvin!

Aren't you a bit warm?

What's with him?

- Marvin's a little shy.

Give him a spring and a wire,

he'll make an outboard motor.

I don't want to hurt him.

- But sweetheart...

Dkay, we'll put him back

in with his friends,

and we'll use this guy.

He won't mind at all.

Have fun fishing!

- Dkay.

Become a marine biologist

and you can bait hooks too...

In Boston you wouldn't get to see me.

Just my luck.

This must be Sandy.

Hi, I'm Cathy.

He probably told you about me.


Can you get my stuff?

So, how's he doing?

- Like a pizza, but upside down.

I'll straighten him out.

You cooking dinner tonight?

Why? You tired of Spaghetti-o's?

You heard Tommy's leaving the island.

We haven't had a decent catch

since spring. - I know why.

The fish are loaded with dioxin.

What's dioxin?

- It's a by-product of herbicide.

How's that getting in our water?

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Alan Shapiro

Alan R. Shapiro (born February 18, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American poet and professor of English and creative writing program at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous poetry books, including Tantalus in Love, Song and Dance, and Dead Alive and Busy. In addition to poetry, Shapiro has also published two personal memoirs, Vigil and The Last Happy Occasion. more…

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