Dolphin Tale - 3D

Release date: 14 October 2011
Running time:
113 mins
Charles Martin Smith
Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristoffersen

When a young dolphin gets caught in a crab trap introverted 11-year-old Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) rescues her, but there's a problem, the dolphin has severely damaged her tail. Taken to the Clearwater Marine Hospital run by Dr Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr), her prognosis is bleak.

However, Sawyer is not prepared to give up on his new friend so easily and presents Dr Ken McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) with the challenge of creating a pioneering prosthetic attachment for the dolphin, now named Winter, which will restore her ability to swim.

Featuring stunning 3D underwater footage, 'Dolphin Tale' co-stars Ashley Judd as Sawyer's single mother Lorraine, and veteran Kris Kristoffersen as Dr Haskett's father, Reed. It was filmed in part at the real Clearwater Marine Hospital, where Winter the dolphin was cast as herself!

Screenplay: Karen Janszen, Noam Dromi

You should see it because: It's an inspirational story about a brave boy, a brilliant boffin, and an invention that also gave hope to many disabled people.

See it if you liked: The Blind Side (2009), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), Soul Surfer (2011)