Dolphin Tale

(2011)

Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin called Winter and the compassionate people 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.

Losing her tail may cost Winter her life. 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 thousands of people around the world.

“Dolphin Tale” is a heartwarming, fun adventure about the healing bonds of family, both human and animal.

The real Winter, who plays herself in “Dolphin Tale,” today serves as a symbol of courage and hope to millions of people—especially those facing their own physical challenges—who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.

The film stars Harry Connick, Jr. as Dr. Clay Haskett, who runs the Clearwater Marine Hospital; Ashley Judd as Lorraine Nelson, a single mother; Nathan Gamble as her son, Sawyer, who frees Winter from the trap and forms a unique connection with the dolphin; Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel, Clay’s daughter, who befriends Sawyer; Kris Kristofferson as Clay’s father, Reed; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who takes on the seemingly impossible task of crafting a prosthetic tail for Winter.

Charles Martin Smith directed “Dolphin Tale” from a screenplay by Karen Janszen and Noam Dromi. The film is produced by Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (Oscar® nominees for “The Blind Side”) and Richard Ingber. Robert Engelman and Steven P. Wegner served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Karl Walter Lindenlaub, production designer Michael Corenblith, editor Harvey Rosenstock, and costume designer Hope Hanafin. The music was composed by Mark Isham.

“Dolphin Tale” was filmed on location in Florida, including Winter’s home at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, whose motto is “Rescue, Rehabilitate and Return.”

The film will be distributed in 3D and 2D in select theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It has been rated PG for mild thematic elements.

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EXCLUSIVE: Charles Martin Smith Talks ‘Dolphin Tale’

There are many directors in Hollywood who are referred to as "actor's directors," because they know how to connect with and communicate with their actors better than other directors. Charles Martin Smith can be considered an "actor's director" because he actually is an actor, with a career spanning 40 years. As a director, Charles Martin Smith has quite the cast to work with in his new movie Dolphin Tale, which is based on the true story of a town trying to save the life of a wounded dolphin named Winter. Dolphin Tale hits theaters on September 23 and stars Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd. I recently had the chance to speak with Charles Martin Smith about Dolphin Tale, and here's what he had to say below.

Could you start out by talking about your initial familiarity with this story? Were you aware of Winter's tale before reading Karen Janszen and Noam Dromi's script?

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CONTEST: Win Big in Our ‘Dolphin Tale’ Giveaway!

Nothing says Fall like a trip to the beach. Maybe. If you live in Florida or Southern California. Even if you have to wait until next summer to enjoy some of our excellent prizes, that shouldn't stop you from entering our exciting Dolphin Tale contest! This inspirational and heartwarming true-life drama stars Winter the Dolphin, who has lived to tell her own tale about how she was given a prosthetic tail by a community that rallied around to save her life. To show our support of this obvious Oscar contender, we are giving away some cool ocean-inspired prizes that should inspire you to take a day off. We have a beach towel, a beach bag, a beach ball, and a very swass Swiss Army knife. We also have an awesome plush Winter the Dolphin that comes with its own detachable tale (why didn't we get something like this when Soul Surfer came out? Oh, right, that would have been in bad taste!) We also have super cool T-shirts in both adult and children sizes, hats, a sticker sheet, a set of pencils, and a really neat-o magnet frame that includes crayons so you or your kids can decorate it yourself. Gosh, this sounds too good to pass up. Hurry and enter our Dolphin Tale contest today! Learn how below.

HERE'S HOW TO WIN! Just "Like" (fan) the Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! If you already "Like" , just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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Second ‘Dolphin Tale’ Trailer

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