Sight and Sound - 09/01/1996
USA Today - 05/17/1996
"...Lovely beachside photography..."
Variety - 05/13/1996
"...[The] underwater photography by Pete Romano is beautifully sharp....Hogan takes a dry-witted and refreshingly eccentric approach to [his role]..."
New York Times - 05/17/1996
"...Paul Hogan and Elijah Wood make a personable team..."
A 14-year-old boy consigned against his will to spend the summer on a remote island with his fisherman uncle has the adventure of his life after being befriended by an orphaned dolphin. Based on the long-running television series.
Flipper, that loveable dolphin from the TV series and films, is reborn here, with a 90's spin. Disgruntled teenager Sandy is upset about his parents' divorce, so he is sent to Key West, Florida to live with Porter, his free-spirit, layabout uncle. One day, Sandy saves a darling dolphin from two dangerous dolts, and later discovers that the fish has followed him to his beachfront abode. Sandy dubs the animal Flipper, and the pair enjoy an unusual, frolicking friendship that lifts the lad out of his doldrums. However, Flipper's life is threatened by a nasty gang of men who want to dump toxic waste into the waters where Flip swims. Can Porter and Sandy -- with Flipper's help -- save the sweet animal from this politically incorrect doom'
Coming Of Age |
Family (General) |
Released theatrically in the USA May 17, 1996. The film grossed $18 million at the box office.
Co-produced by The Bubble Factory and American Film.
In DTS sound.
Shot on location in the Bahamas.
Additional cast: Jason Fuchs (Marvin); Robert Deacon (Bounty Fisherman No. 1); Mark Casella (Bounty Fisherman No. 2).
Additional credits: Matthew Jacobsen (costumes); Danny Sams (animal coordinator); Scott Sharpe, Paka Nishimura (dolphin trainers); Walt Conti (animatronics effects supervisor); Philip A. Patterson (assistant director).
Luke Halpin, who starred in all three "Flipper" TV shows, makes a cameo here, playing Bounty Fisherman No. 3.
A total of 4 dolphins played Flipper. Three were real, and one was an animatronic "robo-Flipper."
Bill Butler, the cinematographer, had prior experience film sea creatures, having also shot Steven Spielberg's shark hit "Jaws."
Songs: "Flipper" performed by Matthew Sweet "In the Summertime" performed by Shaggy
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
Copyright 1996 Universal City Studios, Inc. and The Bubble Factory LLC.