Dolphin Tale Movies

Dolphin Tale Movies

Winter the dolphin and Sawyer from Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale Movies

Dolphin Tale: Inspired by the Amazing True Story of Winter

Dolphin Tale movie posterSwimming 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.

Official Dolphin Tale DVD and Official Dolphin Tale Blu-Ray

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.

DolphinTale 2 Movie Poster

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.

Quicklinks:
Official Dolphin Tale 2 Website

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Movie Trailer

 

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

The Other Stars of the Movie Are:The Production Team:
  • 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 
  • Charles Martin Smith, Director
  • Andrew A. Kosove, Producer
  • Broderick Johnson, Producer
  • Richard Ingber, Producer
  • Robert Engleman, Executive Producer
  • Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Director of Photography
The Other Stars of the Movie Are:
  • 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 
The Production Team:
  • Charles Martin Smith, Director
  • Andrew A. Kosove, Producer
  • Broderick Johnson, Producer
  • Richard Ingber, Producer
  • Robert Engleman, Executive Producer
  • Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Director of Photography

Behind the Story

How it began: In 2006, Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s CEO, David Yates, developed a small informative video of Winter’s story and sent it to NBC’s “The Today Show.” When Winter’s story aired, it quickly spread across the world. It caught the attention of Richard Ingber, President of Worldwide Marketing for Alcon Entertainment, who contacted David and proposed sharing her story with the world via major motion picture. After many months of development planning, the green light was given and principal photography began on September 24, 2010.

Experience the real-life story behind the Dolphin Tale movies

WINTER, THE DOLPHIN THAT CAN
DOCUMENTARY DVD

December 10, 2005 – A baby dolphin caught in a crab trap rope is rescued, beginning a series of events that has become one of the most inspiring stories of our generation. Travel with us behind the scenes of Winter’s amazing true story.

See footage of the actual rescue, and follow her through the trials of losing her tail, learning to swim without a tail and the miracle of swimming again with her new prosthetic tail. Learn how the tail research is now helping human amputees. Hear from the real-life Clearwater Marine Aquarium team, and experience the joy of children and wounded soldiers who have found her to be a life-changing role model. This real-life story is hosted by Cozi Zuehlsdorff, “Hazel” in Dolphin Tale.

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