Flipper (1996)

Director
Alan Shapiro

Main cast
Elijah Wood; Paul Hogan; Jonathan Banks; Jason Fuchs; Robert Deacon

Genres
Adventure, Family

Description
Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that brings uncle and nephew together and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime.


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