Dolphin Tale

Bottom Line: This true story of a friendship between boy and dolphin will make everyone in the family smile.

The Gist: Sawyer finds a dolphin stranded on the beach. Winter the dolphin finds a new home at a marine rescue facility and Sawyer finds friends there as well. But when Winter loses her tail, Sawyer turns to a military prosthetics expert to make her a new one.

The Verdict: Watch it. This wonderful movie is inspiring and respectful of our soldiers who have sacrificed limbs for the country and of children born with disabilities. Winter becomes a symbol of hope for them all. It’s even better that it’s a true story!

Be Aware: Rated PG for some mild thematic elements (mostly involving Sawyer’s missing father), this a movie for everyone from grandma to the little guys. Enjoy!

Dolphin Tale: Making of “A True Movie”

When Charles Martin Smith was hired as director of the new movie “Dolphin Tale,” he immediately flew to Florida to visit Winter the dolphin, an ocean rescue who lost her tail and was fitted with a prosthetic by her human family. The scene he saw there would set the tone for the entire movie.

“There was this kid about six who had lost a leg to cancer; he had been going through intense treatment. His mother had brought him there and he was allowed to swim with Winter,” Smith told me last week by phone, “I watched her around him, she echolocated around the leg and the prosthetic. She understands, I think. And I just watched how tender she was with him and how moved the boy was and how moved the mother was. I wanted to try to capture some of that.”

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