Flipper (1963)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Family-Oriented Adventure  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - G
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The surprise hit of the summer of 1963, Flipper is a thoroughly captivating outdoor adventure from the Ivan Tors factory. Sandy Ricks (Luke Halpin), the young son of Florida fisherman Porter Ricks (Chuck Connors), nurses a wounded dolphin back to health. His father would prefer that Sandy allow the dolphin to return to its natural habitat, but Sandy has other ideas. After "Flipper" rescues Sandy from a shark, however, the boy grants the dolphin his freedom. Ideally suited for audiences of all ages, Flipper was fully deserving of its success; within a year, it had spawned a theatrical sequel and a long-running TV series, which, like the film, cast Suzy the Dolphin as the "hero" Flipper.

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animal, scuba-diving, dolphin, fishing, friendship, healing, shark, sports, wound [injury]