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The Dolphin Movie - Dolphin Tale

Updated on September 11, 2014

Dolphin Tale is an Amazing, Inspiring Family Film

Dolphin Tale is one of the most inspiring films that I have seen in a long time. It is the only time when I have been in a movie theater when the audience actually applauded at the end of the movie.

This family-friendly and animal-friendly film tells the inspiring tale of Winter the little 3-month-old bottle nose dolphin, who lost her tail due to a crab trap and must learn how to live a new life, a life forever changed, without her tail.

Dolphin Tale delivers an almost unnoticeable environment message about dolphins being caught in fishing traps. This film also brings to light many of the challenges faced by our wounded warriors and their families in rehabilitating our veterans.

Our family watched many different movies over the summer. For me, "Dolphin Tales" was the most inspiring, family friendly movie that I have seen with my family in some time.

In it's second week at the Theaters, "Dolphin Tale" became the number one film for the weekend. It's great to know that word is getting out and people are seeing this inspirational, uplifting film.

Be sure not to miss this "Inspiring, Uplifting and a Must-See Film."

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A Movie about Healing

This is a movie about healing, about humans finding confidence, solace, acceptance and understanding in the story of a handicapped dolphin.'s a great message.

Shelley Fralic

The real, rich legacy of Winter the Dolphin

The Amazing True Story of Winter

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Learning to Live again after a Loss

For me, Dolphin Tale was moving because of the underlying story about a dolphin (and many others) who must learn how to live a new life, a life forever changed by loss. Not only does Winter have to adjust to the loss of her tail, but there are many others in the film who must learn to over come losses and live again.

The other obvious one is Kyle, Sawyer's cousin and a champion swimmer turned Iraq War vet. He comes home from the war and must learn how to adjust to life with his injuries. In a great scene, Morgan Freeman as Dr. McCarthy remarks to Kyle, "Just because you're hurt doesn't mean you're broken" and convinces him to go back home to his family. Kyle eventually meets and is inspired by Winter to swim again.

The film is filled with others who are also adjusting to various life losses, perhaps a poignant illustration as to just how pervasive loss is in life. Sawyer (the young boy) must learn to adjust to life after his father leaves, Hazel (the young girl) and Clay (the veterinarian and Hazel's dad) to life after the loss of a mother and wife, presumably from a long-standing disease.

Ultimately Winter's Tale is about overcoming adversity, healing and learning to live again after a loss. Watch and you will be inspired.

Watch Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale
Dolphin Tale

The first Dolphin Tale is one of those inspiring, feel good movies that you walk away from smiling.

Watch the first movie again before you see Dolphin Tale 2.


Experience the Inspiring Dolphin Tale

The Inspiring tale of Winter

One of the very powerful scenes for me was watching Winter try to adjust to having the prosthetic tail put on her for the first (and second) times. Even though she is being reassured by everyone that the tail is for her own good, she thrashes, crashes and bashes the artificial tail until it breaks off of her. I couldn't help but draw parallels to the frustrations new amputees experience when adjusting to their artificial limbs and even regular people experience when adjusting to loss.

I think that Shelley Fralic writing for the Vancouver Sun Staff Blogs on "The real, rich legacy of Winter the Dolphin" hit on why the film was so powerful and so moving for me.

  • The best part of the movie is at the very end, not the Hollywood end where everyone swims off happily into the sunset, but the end where the movie-makers feature a series of real video snippets of Winter interacting with handicapped visitors who have been flocking to the aquarium since well before the movie was released: war veterans on crutches, amputees in wheelchairs and small children without arms and legs - all of them taking to the platform in Winter's pool and interacting with the dolphin, petting her and kissing her.

As she noted, these final scenes at the end —the unscripted scene with the real people who have visited Winter and been moved by her determination, resilience and perhaps most of all her courage —these are the most moving scenes. Without words, these final scenes show why, Winter's tale is so inspiring. Just writing about the end of the movie and these final scenes brings me to tears (of joy) again.

Dolphin Mysteries

Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication
Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication

Learn more aabout communicating with Dolphins.


Dolphin Tale Official Trailer

Be inspired by the story of Winter the Dolphin.

Music of Dolphin Tale

The music from the Dolphin Tale trailer and the song played in the closing credits, "Safe."

All Roads Lead Home (From Dolphin Tale)
All Roads Lead Home (From Dolphin Tale)

By Golden State, played in the movie trailer.


A Great Family Movie

I have a family and this is the type of movie we'd all go and see together.

Harry Connick, Jr.


By Westlife, played as the movie ends, I'll Keep You Safe."


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An Inspiring, Uplifting and a Must-See Film

"Truly Inspiring."

Pete Hammond, Box Office Magazine

An Uplifting Film


So inspiring you'll stand up and Cheer."

Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview

A Must See Film

"A Must-See."

Manny Del a Rosa, NBC-TV

Download the Music of Dolphin Tale as MP3

There were two songs featured in Dolphin Tale. "All Roads Lead Home" by Golden State is featured in the film's trailer.

"Safe" by Westlife is played at the end of the movie. The lyrics are so fitting for this film, inspiring hope for so many.

  • If you've lost your way
  • I will keep you safe
  • Well open up all your world inside
  • Til you come alive tonight
  • I will keep you safe

Meet Winter the Dolphin

Winter the Inspiring Dolphin

Winter is a bottlenose dolphin who was discovered on the Florida coast in December 2006. She was only 3 months old when she was found tangled up in the rope of a crab trap.

The rope had cut off the circulation to her tail for too long, so her tail was amputated. Not expected to survive, Winter defied the odds and eventually learned how to swim, with her stump, but in a manner that was damaging her spine.

Over a period of a year and a half, prosthetists Kevin Carroll and Dan Stzempka developed a new dynamic prosthetic tail for Winter that would allow Winter to swim with a tail the way a dolphin is supposed to swim.

Winter's inspirational story was the basis for Dolphin Tale. She has also become a media star, with her own "Winter Cam" that allows online viewers to 'visit' Winter virtually. Winter has also increased attendance at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. With the release of Dolphin Tales, she now has her own line of toys, books and other merchandise.

Net proceeds from purchases made at the Clearwater Aquarium site go directly back to support their mission, " to restore and preserve our marine environment."

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Winter's Tail

How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again (Winter's Tail)
How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again (Winter's Tail)

In this book written for 4 - 8 year olds, discover how Winter, the little dolphin learned how to swim without a tail and then with a new type of tail.


Winter's New Prosthetic Tail

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How Winter's Prosthetic Dolphin Tail Works

Learn how Winter's Prosthetic tail works, using a special gel, Winter's Gel from the AssociatedPress

Winter Wearing Her Prosthetic Tail

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Take a Journey with a Wild Dolphin

To Touch a Wild Dolphin: A Journey of Discovery with the Sea's Most Intelligent Creatures
To Touch a Wild Dolphin: A Journey of Discovery with the Sea's Most Intelligent Creatures

Another beautiful book about these intelligent creatures of the sea.


Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the home of the amazing people who nursed Winter back to health and did not give up on finding a way to help her swim again.

Their mission as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit is "to restore and preserve our marine environment." This mission is accomplished through leadership in education, research, and the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life. These goals are evident in their logo which features the terms "Rescue," "Rehab" and "Release."

Winter was rescued and rehabilitated, but because of the loss of her tail, could not be released. She is helping them reach their vision of teaching the messages of environmental awareness and respect for marine life.

The Aquarium, founded in 1972, has gone on to beome an internationally respected center for animal care, public education and marine research.

Soldiers Angels and Dolphin Tale

Winter Helps Veterans Cope with Transitions

"We know it happens with every man and woman in America who go out to serve and they come back different.

Winter's story will help veterans and families cope with the transition."

Toby Nunn, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class

Interview With Toby Nunn, Big Hollywood

Dolphin Tales Impact on Veterans

Winter has not only healed herself from her injuries, but in the process of learning how to swim again with a prosthetic tail, she has also inspired many of our current wounded warriors and veterans to cope with their own injuries and their transition back into a civilian life.

In addition the producers, director and cast of Dolphin Tale have reached out to the wounded warriors, veterans and military families. They have highlighted some of the difficulties they face in adjusting to life once they are back home. Perhaps more important, they have hosted special free screenings of Dolphin Tale to give military families a fun night out.

Dolphin Tale Soldiers' Angels Premiere

The cast and crew of DOLPHIN TALE at the Soldiers' Angels premiere of the film in San Antonio, TX. Soldiers' Angels is a national non-profit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families from WarnerBrosPictures.

Winter Inspires Soldiers and Veterans

"It may sound cheesy, but I could be in a crowd with 50 people and they wouldn't get where and what I've been through, but Winter got it.

It's a strange fellowship, the dolphin understands and realizes what she accomplished."

Toby Nunn, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class

Interview With Toby Nunn, Big Hollywood

Soldiers Angels

Soldiers' Angels, a volunteer-led nonprofit that encompasses over 20 different teams and programs who work to ensure that no soldier goes unloved.

This nonprofit has with hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help to provide aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. These tireless volunteers send letters, care packages, and comfort items to deployed American service members while supporting their families at home.

Soldiers' Angels also provide assistance to the wounded, continuing support for veterans, remembrances and comfort for families of the fallen, and immediate response to unique difficulties.

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      6 years ago

      I have seen this movie with a friend, it's AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      @mouse1996 lm: Definitely recommended, just be sure to bring tissues.

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      mouse1996 lm 

      6 years ago

      I will have to see it. I love a feel good movie.

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      6 years ago

      What a great story and the videos have made me definitely want to see it these are my type of movies

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      BusyMOM LM 

      6 years ago

      I too, loved this movie. Wish there were more like them out there. Thanks for a truly inspiring lens.

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      Carolan Ross 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm really looking forward to seeing this Dolphin Tales film, thanks for the excellent overview.

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      7 years ago

      I'm looking forward to seeing this movie...the cast looks wonderful...we have a "perk" with our cable service that allows us to go one night a week to a movie free at a local theater, this may be worth braving the many that go that night...otherwise, I'll look forward to seeing it when it comes out on DVD. Sounds like a heartwarming story...can't wait!

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      I just caught the trailer for this movie on the tv the other day and have made a note that it is a must-watch. Excellent overview.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, tons of information you've given here, sounds like a good story to see!

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Lots of great info about the movie and about the effects it has on so many people. Didn't realize there was so much more to the story. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice ... sounds like a movie where a few tissues will come in handy!

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      7 years ago

      Aaww I like these kind of movies..poor dolphin is so cute! I will definitely watch this movie when I'm free. Thank you for sharing a wonderful review about it.

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      7 years ago

      Sounds like my kind of movie!!! Thanks for the wonderful review!


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