- Dr. Clay Haskett, played by Harry Connick, Jr.
- Lorraine Nelson, played by Ashley Judd
- Sawyer Nelson, played by Nathan Gamble
- Reed Haskett, played by Kris Kristofferson
- Hazel Haskett, played by Cozi Zuehlsdorff
- Dr. Cameron McCarthy, played by Morgan Freeman
- Kyle Connellan, played by Austin Stowell
- Phoebe, played by Austin Highsmith
Dolphin Tale: Inspired by the Amazing True Story of Winter
Swimming free, a young dolphin was caught in a crab trap, rescued and transported to Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she was named Winter. Damage from the crab trap rope causes her tail to degrade and, without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It took 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 also help scores of people around the world.
Filmed on Location at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Dolphin Tale was produced by Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment and released nationwide in theaters around the world on September 23, 2011. Winter played herself in Dolphin Tale, together with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Nathan Gamble. CMA was closed to the public for three months while filming was underway; however, CMA remained a 24-hour working animal hospital during this time.
Dolphin Tale 2: About the Movie
In the first ever sequel to a true story, Dolphin Tale 2 shares the story of Hope. The sequel revolves around more true stories from the aquarium, including both Winter and the young dolphin, Hope. It also features the story of Mandy, a rehabilitated dolphin CMA successfully released back into the wild, and Rufus the pelican’s interesting fascination with a rescued sea turtle named Mavis.
Production Returns to Clearwater
Filming began on October 7, 2013, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It was completed in early January 2014 and was released September 19, 2014. Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman, Juliana Harkavy and Austin Stowell all reprise their roles from the first film, while Lee Karlinsky, Julia Jordan, Bethany Hamilton and several others join the cast.
The real Winter, who plays herself in Dolphin Tale, serves today 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.
“Just because you’re hurt doesn’t mean you’re broken.”
-Dr. Cameron McCarthy