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Ring of Bright Water (1969)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 October 1970 (Netherlands)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Graham Merrill
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Mary MacKenzie
Peter Jeffrey ...
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)
Christopher Benjamin ...
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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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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15 October 1970 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

A Baía do Homem Solitário  »

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Virginia Mckenna who plays the female lead turns up 35 mins in. See more »

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Bill Travers's character is supposed to be going to Scotland by train. He enters Victoria station and is then seen buying a ticket at Marylebone. To travel to Scotland he would need to travel from either Euston or King's Cross. See more »

Quotes

Mary MacKenzie: [They are out hunting whale sharks] I thought you said it wasn't dangerous!
Graham Merrill: Well, it has teeth. That's what they said in the book.
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Soundtracks

Ring of Bright Water
(Title Song)
Sung by Val Doonican
Lyric by Betty Botley
Music by Frank Cordell (uncredited)
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Fantastic wildlife, brilliant scenery, wonderful music
5 January 2007 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This is a lovely little film by Jack Couffer and Bill Travers (not-to-mention the delightful Virginia McKenna as the blond, animal-loving love interest) about a bloke who leaves London to go and live with his otter in the remote Scottish Highlands.

There are some delightful shots of late-1960s London, all red buses, Fitzrovia and suchlike, showing the commotion and pollution that drives Graham Merrill (Bill Travers) to seek solitude and nature in the Highlands, like a latter-day Emerson or Thoreau. The naturalism in both the cinematography and theme is superb. So relaxing.

The music, by Frank Cordell, is equally brilliant, reminding me a bit of the signature tune to Robinson Crusoe, that black and white version from the 1960s/70s (which they used to show on BBC2 after school).

They must have some animal trainer in this film because the otter, known as Midge, behaves beautifully, as does his friend the cocker spaniel. The scenery is a delight, all white sandy beaches and dark green hill-sides. Brilliant.


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