Director Charles Martin Smith Talks About "Dolphin Tale" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer!" 

“Dolphin Tale” is a fantastic family film about the inspiring and incredible bond between humans and animals. Don’t miss this touching and charming film when it opens September 23rd.

The director of the film, Charles Martin Smith, spent many years crafting the film, so we can truthfully called “Dolphin Tale” a labor of love.

In this interview, we talked about:

Why did he want to make “Dolphin Tale?”
Its “based on real-life events” angle
Winter’s personality
Winter’s never-give-up mantra
Working with both animals and kids, a big Hollywood production no-no!
As a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan, I was very happy to meet the first director of one of the best shows on TV! He directed the pilot of “Buffy”
What’s his passion right now?


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. Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire. 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 scores of people around the world. The real Winter, who plays herself in "Dolphin Tale," today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people -- both able and disabled -- who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.

Also Known As: A Dolphin's Tale
Dolphin Tale
Dolphin Tale 2D
Dolphin Tale 3D

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres: Drama and Kids/Family

Release Date: September 23rd, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG for for mild thematic elements.

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Production Co.: Alcon Entertainment

Filming Locations: Clearwater, Florida, USA

Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew


Morgan Freeman – Dr. McCarthy
Ashley Judd – Lorraine Nelson
Kris Kristofferson – Reed Haskett
Harry Connick Jr. – Dr. Clay Haskett
Nathan Gamble – Sawyer Nelson
Austin Stowell – Kyle
Austin Highsmith – Phoebe
Kurt Yaeger – Tim

Directed By: Charles Martin Smith

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