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Ring of Bright Water
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Director:
Writers:
Jack Couffer (screenplay) and
Bill Travers (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 October 1970 (Netherlands) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The stars, the warmth, the pleasure of Born Free. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
One of the best animal films. ever. See more (41 total) »

Cast

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

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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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Graham Merrill:[On a train] Come, steady now, Mij.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ring of Bright WaterSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of the best animal films. ever., 12 February 2009
Author: intelearts from the big screen

Absolutely one of the films that defined a generation - Ring Of Bright Water was a huge success worldwide and is considered by many to be the best animal film.

The true story of a divorced insurance actuary who trades London and the 9-5 for Scotland because he bought an otter from a pet shop is simply brilliant. Based on Gavin Maxwell's excellent autobiography it translated very successfully to film.

Director Jack Couffer already a long career making classic animal films for Disney and had obviously never heard W C Field's famous line about never working with animals of children...here he adapted to a British sensibility and we end up with a film that is not sappy but rather genuinely magic. The cinematography by Walter Suschitsky is outstanding. Suschitsky went on to film the original Get Carter (....And not a lot of people know that ) The humans are great, but the otter (and other wildlife: the geese!) are truly amazing and lift this from ordinary to extraordinary. Maxwell actually bought the otter back from Iraq and it was discovered to be new subspecies which named by the London Zoological Society in his honour Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli.

If you vaguely remember seeing this first time round you'll definitely want to see it again, if you haven't I promise you'll see something you won't easily forget - it is charming in the best sense with Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna at their understated British best. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking: it is the otter and the beautiful settings that you'll remember.

One of our favourites ever.

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