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Film Summary of Dolphins

bigImage Call it hubris, call it whimsy, but the desire to uncover human meaning in animal behavior is as old as humankind itself.  Perhaps this is as true of the dolphin as it is of any creature.  Intelligent, curious and playful, dolphins have inspired fascination and fable for centuries.

As early as 500 B.C., the Greek historian Herodotus wrote about a musician named Arion who was saved from drowning by friendly dolphins.  More recently, television shows like Flipper have portrayed dolphins as benevolent pets soliciting human companionship.  But the true story of dolphins as magnificent, feral animals that lead complex live has yet to be told.  Until now.

From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes audiences under the water's surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin of Flipper fame.

Studying (and filming) elusive, fast-moving animals in the ocean environment is a difficult task, but in Dolphins viewers will follow young marine biologist, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, and her two colleagues, mentor Dr. Bernd Würsig and Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez, as they research the communication of wild dolphins with innovative scientific methods and interesting technology.  From rarely seen fish-herding behavior to a close-up look at complex communication activities, Dolphins will give audiences a fascinating new perspective on the lives of dolphins and their remarkable intelligence.

Dolphins also explores the dolphin-human bond.  And audiences will be intrigued by the relationship between JoJo, a rare lone dolphin in the Turks & Caicos Islands and his friend, naturalist Dean Bernal.  Dean and JoJo have saved each other's lives on more than one occasion, and their story will stir audiences with the beauty and mystery of inter-species communication. 

While most of what we know about dolphins comes from studying them in captivity, Dudzinski and her colleagues conduct their research with dolphins in the wild, a far more strenuous, time-consuming, even dangerous endeavor. Audiences may be surprised to witness firsthand how scientific progress is made in inches and not miles, and how the slow accumulation of scientific data is passed on, and expanded upon, from one generation of scientists to the next. 

Narrated by Pierce Brosnan and featuring a soundtrack of Grammy-award winning artist Sting, Dolphins will capture the imagination of audiences worldwide, and inspire newfound respect for the ocean, and of the importance of scientific research to its preservation.

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A MacGillivray Freeman Film, in association with the National Wildlife Federation. Producers: Greg MacGillivray, Alec Lorimore. Director: Greg MacGillivray. Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films Distribution. Japanese Distributor: Sarai Inc. Executive Producer: Christopher N. Palmer. Writers: Tim Cahill, Stephen Judson. Directors of Photography. Greg MacGillivray, Brad Ohlund. Narrator: Pierce Brosnan. Music by: Sting.


BMZ Reviews:

BMZ Review of Dolphins By Herb Lash

I Need You Like This Hole In My Head By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"Dolphins" By Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly

"Dolphins" By Vladimir Zelevinsky, The Tech (MIT)

"Dolphins more than IMAX eye-candy." By Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies

"Under the Sea" By Maryann Johanson, The Flick Filosopher

"Dolphins" By Norm Schrager, 24 Frames Per Second

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BMZ User Reviews

Rating: Excellent
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Rating: Excellent
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Rating: Excellent
Posted by: ken_vandine
Great movie! Makes me want to move to the Bahamas and play with the Dolphins everyday :-) ... Read More >>