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Dolphin Tale / Histoire au dauphin (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a truly BEAUTIFUL movie my husband and I went to see just this evening. It is based on the true story of a dolphin washed up on shore who lost its tail and almost lost its life. It is also about the love affair of a young boy and a sea animal he bonded with and would not give up on. I have never seen a movie that made me cry, made me laugh and made feel SO GOOD I went to see it all at the same time. The underwater photography in several parts of the movie is incredible. You FEEL like you are under the water with "Winter" the disabled dolphin and her young rescuer. The acting is superb, the characters believable and the story line sublime. I just can't get over how much I enjoyed this movie. I am a social worker by profession and a caring human being by nature and to see this incredible animal inspire young children and disabled veterans of war was one of the most moving experiences I have EVER had in my fifty-seven years of life. Go see it, purchase the DVD and enjoy for yourself. You will NOT regret it! It will stay with you for the rest of your life!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A whale of a tale, but not a tale of a whale. Based on a true story, Dolphin Tale relates the story of real dolphin named Winter, and a young boy named Sawyer who rescues him when his tail gets caught in a lobster trap. It follows somewhat in the tradition of Flipper, and Free Willy.

As the movie begins Sawyer is a withdrawn 12 year old. As the movie progresses we understand why.

At a going away party for his cousin, a soldier and former swimming champion Kyle, Sawyer would rather be alone in the garage indulging a hobby than out swimming. His cousin encourages him to be more social.

When he rescues the dolphin he meets a young girl named Hazel. Ultimately, the encounter awakens in him a curiosity, and a purpose, and the dolphin and he form a special bond. He helps to heal the dolphin, and the dolphin helps to heal him, and you can see how he becomes more confident and outgoing. In his quest to help Winter, he encounters a prosthetic maker played by Morgan Freeman, and when the dolphin loses his tale finds ways to fashion a new prosthetic one. I must admit that I thought at times I was watching a special effects dolphin, but it turns out that it was the real dolphin, which added even more to the experience.

Along the way there are many adventures, and twists and turns, which bring heartwarming moments, and gripping and inspiring moments. When his cousin returns from war, he too is withdrawn. Kyle encourages him to be more social. Ultimately, anyone who comes in contact with Winter becomes inspired, and that includes the viewer, and a territorial pelican provides many moments of comic relief.

I consider this an outstanding movie, sure to be enjoyed by the whole family, not just for the children.

I particularly liked how whatever happened, the children were able to be proactive, and solve whatever problem came up. This included fundraising to save the dolphin, and quite creative and resourceful solutions. Undoubtedly, this will inspire many children to be the same way, and think and act for themselves. The real dolphin encouraged real people to overcome their perceived limitations.

The movie has a great cast of established stars including Ashley Judd, who was inpsired by the script, and really wanted to be part of it, Harry Connick Jr, and Kris Kristofferson. The movie belongs to the kids, with great central performances by Nathan Gamble as Sawyer and Cozy Z as Hazel.

So, ultimately whether it's a real tail, a prosthetic tail, or no tail, if you're like me, Winter's Tale will inspire you.

I think you will love it, and I hope this review was helpful.
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on October 28, 2014
This movie is amazing and is for all ages - not just children. It is very positive and the ending is fabulous - I loved it! I won't say more because it will spoil it but this is totally worth it. I was especially affected by the scenes in the VA hospital and the trials with Winter but it sends the message loud and clear - don't ever give up. Persevere and you will get a far greater reward than you thought possible!
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on June 13, 2014
I have always loved Dolphins and my dream is to swim with them someday. It is a very well done movie. A good movie for kids to watch.
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on May 9, 2014
Totally enjoyed it. I would recommend it to any family. Gives opportunity to parents to teach and discuss important lessons to their children like perseverance, ingenuity, adaptability, etc. Based on a real story and it enhances love and respect for dolphins and creatures in general.
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on April 22, 2014
Very great movie for anyone who likes animal rescue strories. My daughter and I really enjoyed watching this true tale; finally something positive in a world that is too often sad...
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on January 29, 2014
Mon fils et moi qui aimons les dauphins avons beaucoup aimé ce film car il enseigne l'amour des animaux. Le DVD a été reçu en excellent état. Merci beaucoup!
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on January 27, 2014
Another wonderful movie for the whole family and based on a true story. Show the special connection that some people can have with animals .
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on January 7, 2014
My 5 year old daughter has watched this movie over and over again. It is a real "feel good" family movie.
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on January 6, 2014
Great little movie for kids. They really love watching Dolphin Tale; it's a fun little family movie! They love it.
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