Flipper (1963)


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The touching story of a boy and his devoted dolphin, this is the film that led to a popular television series. The story centers on young Sandy Ricks, the son of a fisherman on the Florida Keys. One day he finds a dolphin dying from a spear wound. Sandy removes the spear and treats the wild sea mammal. After he is healed, Sandy's dad Porter Ricks insist that Sandy return the dolphin, whom he has named Flipper, back to the wilds. Later Sandy gets in danger and Flipper gets to return the favor.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Television, Kids & Family, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ricou Browning, Jack Cowden, Arthur Weiss
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment


as Sandy Ricks

as Porter Ricks

as Martha Ricks

as Kim Parker

as Hettie White

as Sheriff Rogers

as Flipper
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Critic Reviews for Flipper

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Good family movie is not just another fish story...or maybe it is.

January 5, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

a sunny windswept antidote to endless helpings of frantic Japanimation

Full Review… | July 22, 2004

August 10, 2005

Audience Reviews for Flipper


What can I say? Love Flipper, watched reruns of the show religiously for years, and will watch any Flipper movies. I grew up watching the Flipper TV series and it was always one of my favorites, so I couldn't wait to see the original movie that's humbly called "Flipper." It shows how Flipper earned his name and how he met his best friend named Sandy.
I liked this movie, but I don't like it as much as I like "Flipper's New Adventure." You won't see Flipper make any rescues this first time around, and he doesn't have the same 'voice' as he has in the series, but you will see the smart dolphin do plenty of tricks and show that he had a huge brain even in his first outing.

If you've ever liked the TV series or even if you haven't ever seen it, but you like dolphins or just good movies, I recommend getting "Flipper." It'd probably be especially good for kids of any age to watch, and possibly a good family movie. To make it short, it'd be a good buy. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. "Flipper's New Adventure" is the best Flipper movie ever. This one is the worst.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


ive seen a flipper starring elijah wood and i thought it was a very warm hearted and interesting film very good

Film Crazy

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