`The Day of The Dolphin' is a creature feature that belies its troubled inception.
It stars the great George C Scott (of all people) as a scientist who finds himself confronting `Frankenstein' moments over his cetan experiment. In short, he has taught his dolphin to speak a simple pidgin-English dialect. Unfortunately, malignant forces have designs upon his gifted pupil.
I believe this to be the best of the cetan features, far superior to `Flipper' or `Free Willy'. Scott's presence lends an otherwise lightweight production some real gravitas. There are no kids; it's an adult movie, but that doesn't mean that kids won't like it. There's something for all the family. It's tense, involving and ultimately very sad. No explicit sex, no gratuitous violence and no foul language. The dolphin voice-dubbing is believable and charming. There's nice romantic theme music. Script is actually quite intelligent for the genre, with one or two good one-liners.
The DVD supplied was clear both visually and auraly and quite satisfactory considering its vintage. The price offered by Amazon is excellent value for money. You could pay more to hire it.