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Friday, September 23, 2011

Movietime in Manhattan: Dolphin Tale Highly Recommended by Whom You Know Featuring Mover and Shaker Kurt Yaeger Sponsored by the Nohra Haime Gallery

Nohra Haime Gallery is located in The Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue. Since its inception in 1981, the principal focus of the gallery has been the representation of international contemporary artists. The gallery also represents the Niki de Saint Phalle Charitable Art Foundation in New York and has a major Retrospective, including historical works not previously seen in New York, currently on view through October 29.

Peachy's Initial Reaction to Dolphin Tale:

Dolphin Tale, the new hit classic by Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers, is sure to capture every heart in Manhattan and across the country with its touching true story brilliantly told by a legendary cast. It would not be possible to leave the theatre without a smile as big as the tail of a dolphin. As we head into colder weather here in the Northeast, winter will indeed be cold for those with no Winter the dolphin heartwarming memories as we loosely paraphrase "An Affair to Remember," though this is certainly a different kind of film.  Dolphin Tale vividly depicts the lifelong lessons we all learn about overcoming adversity and the relationships that evolve from loss, which can be enhanced when one views them in the proper light with the right attitude. And in this case, the proper light can be found in Clearwater, Florida and the attitude can be found with Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) who are young inspirations to us all. In this economic climate in America stressed further by wars overseas, Dolphin Tale is just what America ordered and what every American with a heart needs to see this weekend.

Take a look at the trailer:

Top Ten Reasons Why You Need To See Dolphin Tale According to Whom You Know:
1. Everyone needs inspiration, and this inspiration swims
2.  Peachy's favorite visual of the movie is at the tail end of the trailer when Sawyer, Hazel and Winter are on rafts.  Pure happiness.
3.  Didn't you always want a pet dolphin?  Peachy still does.  Here's how!
4. It confirms that both a can-do attitude and a dream of the impossible are achievable
5. All of the recent Hurricane Irene survivors will empathize with the challenges of the weather in this flick and the rebuilding process
6.  Sawyer and Hazel make freckles En Vogue!  Up with freckles!
7.  This is the best commercial for Marinelife and going to Florida we've ever seen, not that we need to be convinced...
9. It contains the best relay race you'll ever see
10. Don't they say reality is the best fantasy of all?  This is a true story!

More of What Peachy Thinks [Spoiler Alert]:
The character development was second-to-none in Dolphin Tale; when we first meet Sawyer, he is a typical child of his generation playing with video games, on the computer, and quiet.  However, when circumstance puts him in a situation where he can truly make a difference in the drudgery of summer school, Sawyer is illuminated personally and in turn, lights up the world around him and specifically, the life of a wounded dolphin, Winter.  Their touching relationship is the core of this spectacular movie which is appropriate for anyone with eyes, ears and a heart.  The fact that dolphins are superquick on the uptake-we love the intelligence of not only the animals but also the script overall and its flawless execution- is reinforced throughout the movie and perhaps most poignantly when Sawyer and Winter are reunited for the first time.  And again when he is the first to successfully feed her...and Hazel Haskett rounds out the three musketeers of the water and when you see what fun they are together, you'll want to be the next one in the gang.

There is pronounced patriotism in this movie.  Cousin Kyle Connellan's enlistment in the Army and subsequent challenges after participation dash his Olympic hopes.  Much like Winter, Kyle confronts physical challenges that turn out to be highly inspirational.  And it was while Sawyer visited Kyle in the veterans hospital that he became struck with an idea to help Winter, and the rest is history.

"Just because you're hurt doesn't mean you're broken." was one of our favorite lines-we believe by Morgan Freeman's character, Dr. Cameron McCarthy to Kyle Connellan. [We cannot skip back on a dvd to check; Peachy reviewed this in a theatre!]

As dolphins are social animals, as the story progresses we see that Winter helps Sawyer just as much as he had helped her.  You will learn from Dolphin Tale:
*Lemonade Icicles Make Everything Better
*If you think the pigeons in Central Park are bad, wait until you meet the pelicans in Clearwater...just ask Ashley Judd's character Lorraine Nelson 
*If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!  The first tail did fail...
*Life may be more clear when you view it from the Crow's Nest of a Houseboat
*All of you charities that we have covered could learn something from "Save Winter Day"

What some of the actors said about Winter:
"It's an extraordinary sensation to be so close to such a majestic animal.  And there's something else that sets this dolphin apart-maybe it's what she went through or the fact that she survived when others wouldn't have, but it's a privilege just being around her."- Harry Connick Jr.

"I didn't really know anything about Winter before I became involved in the movie, so it was an exciting process of discovery.  As soon as I finished the script, I went to to look at her.  I couldn't wait to meet her, and it was even more magical and moving than I anticipated." -Ashley Judd

"I was looking forward to getting to work with Winter.  I know she's the real star of the movie, so I just tried to ingratiate myself." -laughs Morgan Freeman

and Peachy's personal favorite episode quote:

"We were filming the scene where I'm supposed to give her the bottle and she spits it in my face.  Boy, she loved that scene.  When we were done with that and moved onto the scene where she's supposed to take the food, she wouldn't do it.  She would spit at me, over and over.  I was like, 'Hey, stop that.'  But it was great because that's when I realized that Winter and I were at the point where we could fool around and have a good time together." -Nathan Gamble

Not since The Little Mermaid came out in 1989 have we seen a movie about the sea we love as much but this is even better because it is real and true!  Sometimes in life we see that something is too good to be true and gladly that is not the case here.  Next time you are feeling beached, just think of how Winter reinvented herself and do the same.  Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers hit one out of the park with Dolphin Tale, and we highly recommend that you see it!  Be sure to share your popcorn with your pet dolphin.


Release Date:
September 23, 2011 (3D/2D)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Charles Martin Smith

Karen Janszen, Noam Dromi

Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris

Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi
Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, Morgan Freeman

Adventure, Family

MPAA Rating:
PG (for some mild thematic elements)

Official Website:

Alcon Entertainment's "Dolphin Tale" is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin called Winter and the compassionate people who banded together to save her life.  Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her
fight for survival has just begun.

Losing her tail may cost Winter her life. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist,
the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also
help thousands of people around the world.

"Dolphin Tale" is a heartwarming, fun adventure about the healing bonds of family, both human
and animal.  The real Winter, who plays herself in "Dolphin Tale," today serves as a symbol of courage and hope to millions of people—especially those facing their own physical challenges—who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.

The film stars Harry Connick, Jr. as Dr. Clay Haskett, who runs the Clearwater Marine Hospital;
Ashley Judd as Lorraine Nelson, a single mother; Nathan Gamble as her son, Sawyer, who frees
Winter from the trap and forms a unique connection with the dolphin; Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel,
Clay's daughter, who befriends Sawyer; Kris Kristofferson as Clay's father, Reed; and Oscar®
winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") as Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who takes on the seemingly impossible task of crafting a prosthetic tail for Winter.
Charles Martin Smith directed "Dolphin Tale" from a screenplay by Karen Janszen and Noam Dromi. The film is produced by Alcon Entertainment's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick
Johnson (Oscar® nominees for "The Blind Side") and Richard Ingber. Robert Engelman and Steven P. Wegner served as executive producers.  The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Karl Walter Lindenlaub, production designer Michael Corenblith, editor Harvey Rosenstock, and costume designer Hope Hanafin. The music was composed by Mark Isham. "Dolphin Tale" was filmed on location in Florida, including Winter's home at the Clearwater
Marine Aquarium, whose motto is "Rescue, Rehabilitate and Return." The film will be distributed in 3D and 2D in select theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It has been rated PG for mild thematic elements.
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