- 1 hr 27 min
The Flipper film predates the 3 season television series about Chief Warden Porter Ricks who lived in Southern Florida with his two sons and their pet dolphin. While widowed and the father of 2 sons in the television series, Porter Ricks, a fisherman, had a wife and son in the film. Flipper 1963 is about the beginning relationship between a bottle-nosed dolphin and a 12-year-old boy, Sandy Ricks, who befriended him and named the dolphin. Sandy lived in the Florida Keys and found Flipper with a harpoon injury. Conflict arose when Porter Ricks believed Flipper would jeopardize his fishing expeditions.