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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:
Helena Gloag ...
Willie Joss ...
Lighthouse Keeper (as W. D. Joss)
Roddy McMillan ...
Jean Taylor Smith ...
Sarah (as Jean Taylor-Smith)
Kevin Collins ...
Archie Duncan ...
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 »


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 »


Colin Wilcox: Well, you've made one or two changes I see. Is it to keep otters in and humans out, or the other way round?
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Referenced in Flashbacks of a Fool (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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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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