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FULL SYNOPSIS

In this adventure drama for the family, based on the popular TV series of the mid-'60s, Sandy Ricks (Elijah Wood) is a moody teenager from Chicago who is not dealing well with the recent divorce of his parents. In the hope that a change of scenery will do him good, Sandy is sent to spend the summer with his Uncle Porter (Paul Hogan), an aging hippie and fisherman who lives on Coral Key, an island off the coast of Florida. The sun and sand do little to improve Sandy's outlook on life, even after he meets Kim (Jessica Wesson), a pretty girl who lives nearby, but he becomes sunnier when he encounters Flipper, a friendly dolphin, while boating with Porter. When Sandy helps save Flipper from a pack of bloodthirsty charter-boat fishermen, led by the mean-spirited Dirk Moran (Jonathan Banks), the dolphin becomes the boy's loyal companion (at least when Sandy is close to the water). But Sandy soon discovers that Dirk is dumping toxic waste into the waters of Coral Key, and with the help of Cathy (Chelsea Field), a friend of Porter's with a background in marine biology, Sandy and Porter try to gather enough evidence so that Sheriff Buck Cowan (Isaac Hayes) will be able to put Dirk behind bars. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 17, 1996

Cast

Elijah Wood
as Sandy Ricks
Paul Hogan
as Uncle Porter
Chelsea Field
as Cathy Simms
Isaac Hayes
as Sheriff Buck Cowan
Jonathan Banks
as Dirk Moran
Jason Fuchs
as Marvin
Mal Jones
as Russ
Lindsay Treco
as Little Girl
Jessica Wesson
as Kim
Mark Casella
as Bounty Fisherman
Robert Deacon
as Bounty Fisherman
Allison Bertolino
as Sandy's Sister
Anne Carey
as Fisherman's Wife

Crew

Alan Shapiro
Director
Perry Katz
Producer
Ricou Browning
Screen Story
Jack Cowden
Screen Story
Alan Shapiro
Screenwriter
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
Joel McNeely
Composer (Music Score)
Timothy R. Sexton
Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Petschek
Editor
Peck Prior
Editor
Conrad Hool
Co-producer
Darlene Spezzi
Co-producer
Doug Merrifield
Associate Producer
Lance Hool
Executive Producer
Matthew Jacobson
Costume Designer
Philip A. Patterson
First Assistant Director
Julie Ashton-Barson
Casting
Ellen Jacoby
Casting
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