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Zeus and Roxanne (1997)

A touching friendship story between a dog and a dolphin.

Director:

George Miller

Writer:

Tom Benedek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Terry Barnett
Kathleen Quinlan ... Mary Beth Dunhill
Arnold Vosloo ... Claude Carver
Dawn McMillan ... Becky
Miko Hughes ... Jordan Barnett
Majandra Delfino ... Judith Dunhill
Jessica Howell ... Nora Dunhill
Duchess Tomasello Duchess Tomasello ... Mrs. Rice
Shannon K. Foley ... Linda, Claude's Assistant
Jim R. Coleman ... Phil, Claude's Assistant
Alvin Farmer ... Floyd
Harri James Harri James ... Airline Attendant
Justin Humphrey Justin Humphrey ... Craig
James Stone James Stone ... Security Guard
Maury Covington ... Reverend
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Storyline

Mary Beth is a marine biologist that gets annoyed when a dog called Zeus stows aboard her research boat. Nevertheless she is intrigued when the intrusive canine makes best friends with her captive dolphin, Roxanne. She falls in love with Zeus' owner, Terry, a musician who rides a bike. Written by Marcos Eduardo Acosta Aldrete

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ebadta delfin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,755,382, 26 January 1997

Gross USA:

$7,233,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,233,324
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kathleen Quinlan and Miko Hughes also played mother and son in Apollo 13 (1995). See more »

Goofs

Almost at the end of the movie when Terry and Mary Beth are talking on the phone, the ceiling fan is visible and is on. It's on for four scenes, off for two and then goes on again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines; Zeus the dog attempts to steal Mrs. Rice's morning news paper, but she gets it before he could]
Mrs. Rice: Nice try, flea bag!
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Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Zeus and Roxanne (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

YOU NEVER CAN TELL
a/k/a "C'EST LA VIE"
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Special Arrangement with EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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A fun movie for the family with great animal antics
18 January 2000 | by RJK-8See all my reviews

I got "hooked" on this movie while I was waiting to pay for a clock radio at my local electronics show. They had "Zeus and Roxanne" playing on a big screen tv by the cashier's area. The movie had just started and I watched a great scene of animal antics where Zeus the dog creates mayhem in the neighborhood through his obsession with chasing a cat. I've always been a sucker for movies featuring animal antics, and this one is chock full of them. It reminded me of the old "Flipper" tv shows, only with a somewhat more exotic locale.

The story line is that a widowed composer and his son and dog (the aforementioned Zeus) move into a house on some Florida Key (actually filmed in the Bahamas). By chance their neighbor is a marine biologist and has two daughters. Anyway, Zeus and the cat bring father and mother together, which leads to Zeus discovering Roxanne, a dolphin raised in captivity that the mother biologist is trying to re-introduce into a dolphin "pod." Zeus and Roxanne can "talk" with each other, leading to attempts by a nasty "animal-unfriendly" scientist to want to use Roxanne for his own selfish ends.

Sure the plot is contrived and filled with obvious gags, etc. but at least it has an interesting and environmentally correct theme, and the animals do a great job of keeping the movie visually interesting. I particularly enjoyed the way the camera shots were laid out so that viewers get an "animal's eye view" throughout the movie.

Unlike many "art" films, this story at least makes sense, shows people (including children) doing worthwhile things and being nice to each other. Another plus is the use of minority actors in non-stereotype roles.


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