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The Day of the Dolphin

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Original title
The Day of the Dolphin
Year
Running time
104 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Buck Henry (Novel: Robert Merle)
Music
Georges Delerue
Cinematography
William A. Fraker
Cast
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Producer
AVCO Embassy Pictures
Genre
Adventure. Thriller. Drama. Sci-Fi | Animals. Dolphins
Synopsis / Plot
Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry team up again (after collaborating on The Graduate and Catch-22) for this adaptation of Robert Merle's best-selling adventure novel concerning dolphins who become pawns in a plot to kill the president. George C. Scott plays Dr. Jake Terrell, a researcher who, along with his wife Maggie (Trish Van Devere), is investigating dolphin intelligence, believing they have the capability of speech. Harold DeMilo (Fritz Weaver), in charge of a major corporation, sponsors their work. But undercover work by government agent Curtis Mahoney (Paul Sorvino) reveals that DeMilo is working with a right-wing group planning to kidnap the dolphins and use them to blow up the presidential yacht. Jake and Maggie have to race against time to save both their dolphins and the president. (Paul Brenner: All Movie Guide)
Awards
1973: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Soundtrack (Drama), Sound
1973: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Motion Picture Score
1973: National Board of Review (NBR): Top 10 Films of the Year
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