Day of the Dolphin (1973) UK Quad Poster
Mike Nichol’s unsuccessful political thriller that nevertheless reduces even cynical audiences to tears at the end. Brilliant scientist Jake Terrell and his wife have trained dolphins to communicate – in English! Unknown to them, the agency providing funding for their work plans to use the dolphins as assassins. It’s a tall tale artfully played out, and was originally to be made by Roman Polanski. It was while he was out of the country scouting for locations that the Manson family murdered his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate. He understandably abandoned the project.
With a lyrical score by George Delerue, a more complex script by Buck Henry than it’s given credit for and sharp editing from Sam O’Steen - Rosemary’s Baby (1969), Amityville II: The Possession (1982), Day of the Dolphin remains a woefully little seen film.
Condition: FINE - folds / dinks top edge
Cast: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, Fritz Weaver, Elizabeth Wilson, John Dehner