Cinema: Fa, Humbug

THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN

Directed by MIKE NICHOLS

Screenplay by BUCK HENRY

Dolphins speak and humans scheme in this coy satirical thriller. The dolphins come off a lot better, but of course they have the best roles. In fact, they have the only roles. There is the traditional complement of actors—George C. Scott most prominent among them—but none has enough raw material to build a part. So a loquacious dolphin and his female companion swim off with the show, and welcome to it.

Buck Henry's screenplay crudely compresses Robert Merle's good novel of the same title about a research scientist's growing...

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