Dolphin Tale is an upcoming drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith from a screenplay by Karen Janszen and starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. The film is inspired by the true story of a bottlenose dolphin named Winter who was rescued off the coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
It is set for release on September 23, 2011 in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film will also be released in 3D.
A young boy befriends Winter, an injured bottlenose dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap, and motivates everyone around him to help save the dolphin by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the dolphin’s missing tail. Harry Connick Jr. plays a vet who rescues the mammal and brings her to the marine hospital he runs. Ashley Judd plays the boy’s mother while Morgan Freeman is a doctor who creates a prosthetic limb for Winter.
- Nathan Gamble as Sawyer
- Harry Connick Jr. as Clay Haskett
- Ashley Judd as Lorraine Nelson
- Morgan Freeman as Dr. McCarthy
- Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel Haskett
- Kurt Yaeger as Tim
- Austin Stowell as Kyle
- Austin Highsmith as Phoebe
- Jim Fitzpatrick as Max
- Marc Macaulay as John Fitch
- Rus Blackwell as Coach Vansky
- Michael Roark as Donovan Peck
- Juliana Harkavy as Rebecca
- Kris Kristofferson as Haskett’s Dad