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Ring of Bright Water
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Release Date:
14 May 1970 (Australia) See more »
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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)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bill Travers ... Graham Merrill

Virginia McKenna ... 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
Bill Horsley ... Timid man
Phil McCall ... Frank
Philip Morant
Michael O'Halloran ... Herman
John Young ... Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Gibson ... Sleeping car attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Couffer 
Writing credits
Jack Couffer (screenplay) and
Bill Travers (screenplay)

Gavin Maxwell (book)

Produced by
Betty Botley .... assistant producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... executive producer
Joseph Strick .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Cordell 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Suschitzky (lighting cameraman)
Film Editing by
Reginald Mills 
Art Direction by
Kenneth Ryan  (as Ken Ryan)
Makeup Department
Hilda Fox .... hairdresser
Catherine Shirley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Terry Lens .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Lawrence .... second assistant director
Ernie Lewis .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Terry Allen .... boom operator
Michael Hart .... dubbing editor (as Mike Hart)
Ivan Sharrock .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Dodds .... camera operator
Geoffrey Moyse .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ernie Farrer .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
John Rushton .... assembly editor
Music Department
Frank Cordell .... conductor
Other crew
Mabel Beecham .... wildlife consultant
Tom Beecham .... wildlife consultant
Lorraine Fennell .... production secretary
Suzanne Haig .... continuity
Hubert Wells .... wildlife consultant

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Also Known As:
USA:107 min | UK:107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (1970) | UK:U | USA:G

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Graham Merrill:[Trapped on roof of his cottage after Mij knocks ladder over] What an idiot I am!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful and deeply moving, 7 January 2007
Author: andy mcquade from London

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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