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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 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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Comedy | Drama

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15 October 1970 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

A Baía do Homem Solitário  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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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 »

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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

Graham Merrill: [Repeated line] Mij!
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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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Beautiful and deeply moving
7 January 2007 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Ring of Bright Water is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen.

Modern advances in wildlife photography (Planet Earth etc.) cannot compare to the simple and powerful camera work by Wolfgang Suschitzky (Get Carter) who captures the antics of Mij, the otter, with an obvious passion and humour for a deeply lovable creature.

Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna (both married to each other at the time)are fantastic. They seem as a part of the stunning scenery as Mij himself and I was hooked at watching two actors NOT perform, but just let the camera capture their devotion and delight at all things wild and natural.

For those of us living the city life, the unspoilt scenery of the west coast of Scotland is nothing short of breathtaking and it's very easy indeed to relate to Bill Travers's character as he questions his quality of life, before he quits London to live a more fulfilling life. More interestingly, the film is far more relevant today than it was then as our hi tech digital world makes the London of its day seem almost antique and charming.

The film surprised me most because my taste in film veers towards more radical fare and it was only to please my girlfriend that I sat down and watched; within twenty minutes I was totally hooked -and by the end I have to admit that I was crying as much as she was.

A must see for any animal lover or city dweller who even remotely appreciates the simple and unrivalled beauty of nature.


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