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Ring of Bright Water (1969)

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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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Also Known As:

A Baía do Homem Solitário  »

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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 »

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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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Soundtracks

Ring of Bright Water
(Title Song)
Sung by Val Doonican
Lyric by Betty Botley
Music by Frank Cordell (uncredited)
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A truly wonderful film!
24 April 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ring of Bright Water is a truly wonderful film. This story of an englishman and his otter reminded me of a wonderful childhood oddessey I experienced myself. On a waterborne journey along the british columbia coast we stopped at a fjord that had a house very much like that of Graham Merrill's. They themselves must have been great fans of Gavin Maxwell's book as they too had a free ranging pet otter. It was astonishing and wonderful to swim with one of these little mammals. I hadnt heard much about the film before I watched it so it was a wonderful surprise. I'd heartily recommend it for children and adults. It has some suprisingly realistic scenes but nothing that a child wouldnt understand. It is a very touching story. I plan on listening to the audiobook of the book the film was based upon immediately.


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