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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 overview, first billed only:
Graham Merrill
Mary MacKenzie
Peter Jeffrey ...
Colin Wilcox
Jameson Clark ...
Helena Gloag ...
Willie Joss ...
Lighthouse Keeper (as W. D. Joss)
Roddy McMillan ...
Jean Taylor Smith ...
Sarah (as Jean Taylor-Smith)
London Fishmonger
Kevin Collins ...
Archie Duncan ...
Road mender
June Ellis ...
Philippa Gail ...
Pet stall girl
Tommy Godfrey ...
Ticket seller
Walter Hall


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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Release Date:

14 May 1970 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A Baía do Homem Solitário  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Joseph Strick was originally intended to direct. See more »


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 »


Graham Merrill: [Narrating] I named the otter Mijbil.
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Referenced in Ideal: The Future (2008) See more »


Ring of Bright Water
(Title Song)
Sung by Val Doonican
Lyric by Betty Botley
Music by Frank Cordell (uncredited)
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A Gem of a Film
8 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A very simple plot: man disaffected with London life decamps to the Scottish wilderness accompanied by the tame otter he rescued from a pet shop. In Scotland he meets a woman and their mutual appreciation of the countryside and love of the otter brings them together. The film has a very bittersweet ending as a tragedy gives birth to a creative endeavour.

The film is autobiographical being based on a true story available as a book of the same name. It is subtle and unassuming making the most of the characters given its simple plot. The footage of the otter - called Mij - is fantastic and if you were indifferent to otters before I am confident you will love them after watching Mij. The connection between the man, Graham (played by Bill Travers), and Mij is funny and poignant.

This is a gem of a film. It offers so much without any of the manipulations in which many modern films indulge. I was absorbed watching it and it has stayed with me since seeing it. I recommend this highly. Be warned it is upsetting and if you decide to show it to a child there may be tears.

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