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Dolphin Tale Details


Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. The real Winter, who plays herself in "Dolphin Tale," today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people—both able and disabled—who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.

  • Release date:September 23, 2011


Harry Connick, Jr.
as Dr. Clay Haskett
Ashley Judd
as Lorraine Nelson
Nathan Gamble
as Sawyer Nelson
Kris Kristofferson
as Reed Haskett
Morgan Freeman
as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
Frances Sternhagen
as Gloria Forrest
Jim Fitzpatrick
as Max Connellan
Kim Ostrenko
as Alyce Connellan
Richard Libertini
as Fisherman
Ray McKinnon
as Mr. Doyle
Tom Nowicki
as Philip J. Hordern
Rus Blackwell
as Coach Vansky
Marc Macaulay
as Board Member Fitch
Mike Pniewski
as Prosthetic Consultant


Charles Martin Smith
Broderick Johnson
Andrew Kosove
Karen Janszen
Charles Martin Smith
Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Deva Anderson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harvey Rosenstock
Michael Corenblith
Production Designer
Richard Fojo
Art Director
Yolanda Cochran
Brad Arensman
Associate Producer
Carl Rogers
Associate Producer
Steven P. Wegner
Executive Producer
Susan Benjamin
Set Decorator
Hope Hanafin
Costume Designer
Christopher Aud
Sound/Sound Designer
Philip A. Patterson
First Assistant Director
Scott Clements
Sound Mixer
Kerry Barden
Paul Schnee
Keith Bilderbeck
Sound Effects Editor
Tony Matthews
Visual Effects Producer
Ricou Browning
Stunts Coordinator
Kevin Wasner
Kurt Thoresen
Properties Master
Anne Morgan
Hair Styles
Howard Berger
Animatronic Effects
Jane Hassinger
Department Head Hair
Michael Babcock
Re-Recording Mixer
Curtis Roush
Music Editor
Deena Adair
Hair Styles
Carey Jones
Cathie Valdovino
Roland N. Thai
Sound Effects Editor
Jim Bigham
Unit Production Manager
Emma Potter
Assistant Costume Designer
Eric Fiedler
Gregory Nicotero
Animatronic Effects

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