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Running Time:
1 hour, 52 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some mild thematic elements.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An Inspiring, feel-good, family-friendly adventure.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Ormie and the Cookie Jar: Original Animated Short; Gag Reel

Harry Connick Jr. ... Dr. Haskett
Ashley Judd ... Lorraine Nelson
Nathan Gamble ... Sawyer
Kris Kristofferson ... Reed Haskett
Cozi Zuehlsdorff ... Hazel Haskett
Morgan Freeman ... Dr. McCarthy
Austin Stowell ... Kyle Connellan
Frances Sternhagen ... Gloria Forrest
Austin Highsmith ... Phoebe
Betsy Landin ... Kat

Dolphin Tale

This is the amazing true story of a brave dolphin who we first meet when a fatherless 11-year-old boy named Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), bicycles past the Florida seashore one summer day when a fisherman calls him over. A dolphin is lying on the beach, tangled in a net, its tail bleeding. The boy gently untangles it and waits while the folks from the local marine animal hospital arrive. He later visits the dolphin, now named Winter, in rehab, and notices that she has an affinity for him. Sawyer, who doesn't seem to have any friends, is suddenly passionate about something. He wants to help Winter! 

Sawyer's mom (Ashley Judd) supports Sawyer's newfound interest as does the kindly dolphin doctor (Harry Connick Jr.), whose daughter, Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), is Sawyer's age. Everyone is sad when Winter's damaged tail must be amputated, but then Sawyer gets the idea of getting Winter a prosthetic tail after he meets Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) who designs fake limbs for injured war veterans. We also learn that the animal facility is running out of money, and the board of trustees might be forced to shut it down and sell it to land developers. Can Sawyer and Winter and Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. save the day?

Dolphin Tale As directed by Charles Martin Smith ("Air Bud"),  Dolphin Tale is pretty uncomplicated, but it's inspiring and more than family-friendly. It's a likeable, feel-good adventure with a special appeal to youngsters who love animals. 

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