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Ring of Bright Water (1969)

Whoever said dog is man's best friend never met Mij! Mij is a cute, cuddly pet shop otter who captures the heart of Graham Merill (Bill Travers). It doesn't take Graham long to realize that... See full summary »

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Cast

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Graham Merrill
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Mary MacKenzie
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Colin Wilcox
Jameson Clark ...
Storekeeper
Helena Gloag ...
Flora
Willie Joss ...
Lighthouse Keeper (as W. D. Joss)
Roddy McMillan ...
Busdriver
Jean Taylor Smith ...
Sarah (as Jean Taylor-Smith)
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London Fishmonger
Kevin Collins ...
Fisherman
Archie Duncan ...
Road mender
June Ellis ...
Barmaid
Philippa Gail ...
Pet stall girl
Tommy Godfrey ...
Ticket seller
Walter Hall
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Storyline

Whoever said dog is man's best friend never met Mij! Mij is a cute, cuddly pet shop otter who captures the heart of Graham Merill (Bill Travers). It doesn't take Graham long to realize that London is no place to raise a slippery otter. So he takes Mij to live in a ramshackle cottage on the coast of Scotland. Together they set out to explore the curious and magnificent natural wonders that surround their seaside home--from orphaned geese to tooth-less sharks. While Mij spends his days frolicking in the icy cold sea, Graham finds himself falling in love with the beautiful town doctor, Mary (Virginia McKenna). Before long, the three become inseparable friends. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@netcom.com>

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otter | dog | doctor | cottage | pet shop | See All (16) »

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The stars, the warmth, the pleasure of Born Free. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

14 May 1970 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A Baía do Homem Solitário  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the true story of Gavin Maxwell, who bought an otter in Iraq and brought it back to his home in Scotland, only to discover that this was a subspecies of otter not yet recorded. Maxwell gave his name to the new sub species' title: Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after moving into the cottage he heads off into the village. As he closes the otter flap he's wearing wellies. On the way down the hill he's in shoes, but when he arrives in the village he is back in welly boots. See more »

Quotes

Graham Merrill: [Repeated line] Mij!
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Referenced in Flashbacks of a Fool (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ring of Bright Water
(Title Song)
Sung by Val Doonican
Lyric by Betty Botley
Music by Frank Cordell (uncredited)
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Positive, uplifting, getting-away-from-it-all kind of movie
13 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

If you ever feel like giving up the rat-race of the city life and a hectic job, see this film. Ring of Bright water is a getting-away-from-it-all kind of movie set in the Gaelic-speaking Western Isles of Scotland. The busy London professional decides to take a broken-down croft house, fix it up, write and be creative. He accomplishes all these things but finds the friendship and love of a woman and as well as a dear otter. There are some scenes with Gaelic dialog to add reality to the film. The bittersweet end will bring a tear to even the most hardened big-business type. Great movie for a rainy day or a cozy evening - positive, uplifting.


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