Morgan Freeman is one of my favourite actors. When scanning Sky Movies to choose an evening’s viewing, Morgan Freeman’s films are always first choice.
So it’s good news that he has a new film about to hit the big screen. A feel good film ideal for all the family.
Inspired by an amazing true story DOLPHIN TALE is a film about Winter, a rescued dolphin who has lost her tail in a crab trap, and Sawyer, the 11-year old boy who helps save her life.
Sawyer meets her at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine sanctuary where she lives, and rallies friends and family alike to save Winter by convincing a pioneering doctor to create a brand new tail and by raising enough money to save the sanctuary from closing.
DOLPHIN TALE has a great cast including Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr, and Ashley Judd alongside many wonderful animals. But the real star is Winter who plays herself in the film and today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people. Winter is increasingly inspiring amputees adapting to life with prosthetic limbs as her remarkable story is shared.
IN CINEMAS 14 OCTOBER
Dolphin Tale Trailer:
Having appeared in some of cinemas best loved films, here Morgan Freeman proves once again he ‘more than’ just a cheap pun on an insurance advert.
To celebrate the release of Dolphin Tale, our top 10 Morgan Freeman flicks…
The Shawshank Redemption – 1994
It’s just about everybody’s favourite film and Morgan is superb as the old lag Red who is looking for a bit of redemption himself. Though Oscar nominated, Freeman lost out that year to Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump.
Se7en – 1995
Morgan is a veteran teamed up with rookie cop Brad Pitt as they investigate a series of linked murders. It’s a masterclass in film suspense as the pair inch closer to catching their quarry but why oh why did Pitt look in the box? He must have known it didn’t contain chocolates!
Driving Miss Daisy – 1998
Adapted from a play, Driving Miss Daisy is the story of twenty years in the lives of a reactionary old Jewish woman (Jessica Tandy) and her serene black chauffeur. His gentle manners gradually break down the social barriers between them. Nine Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Actress show how successful the film was.
Bruce Almighty – 2003
You really know you’ve arrived as an actor when you get to play God – literally! Here Morgan gets to show Jim Carrey that having super-powers and running the world isn’t as easy as it appears. The theme would be revisited in the sequel Evan Almighty with Steve Carrell.
Million Dollar Baby – 2004
Despite being nominated five times, Morgan has only won one Oscar. It was for his performance as ex-boxer Eddie Scarp-Iron Dupris in Clint Eastwood’s multi-award winning fight movie. It’s another classic under-stated performance that just feels like he isn’t acting at all.
The Dark Knight – 2008
In the Christopher Nolan Batman films Morgan plays Lucius Fox, Bruce Wayne’s business manager. As part of his role he supplies Wayne/Batman with all his expensive toys – a sort of modern day Q in the James Bond films. It’s a supporting role but Freeman as ever is pitch-perfect in his performance.
Invictus – 2009
Having played God where do you go? The saintly statesman Nelson Mandela is a pretty good choice and so it was Morgan turned in a convincing portrayal of the man in the sports drama Invictus – the story of how post apartheid South Africa united for the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
The Bucket List – 2007
Many of us make lists of things we’d like to do before we die and that is the premise of this film starring Freeman and Jack Nicholson. You’d think that the pair of them had done most things in their personal lives, but the film takes a comic/tragic look as they work through list of things to do before they kick the bucket.
Armistad – 1997
How could Morgan not be in Steven Spielberg’s historical slave drama? Not only was his great-great-great-grandmother a Virginia slave who was bought by a Colonel Wright and taken to Mississippi, but he is Morgan Freeman – the finest black actor of his generation!
March of the Penguins – 2005
Morgan played the third penguin from the left in this award winning documentary. Ok so he didn’t but his narration added greatly to the appeal and success of the film. His slow, soothing delivery marks him out as one of the world’s most recognisable voice-overs and that is why he is the pun in the More Than insurance ads.
DOLPHIN TALE is released in UK cinemas in 3D and 2D on October 14