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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:
Wonderful film made with sensitivity and insight 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:[Repeated line] Mij!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Ideal: The Future (#4.8)" (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful film made with sensitivity and insight, 8 May 2001
Author: DB (alembic)

Like other reviewers, I first saw this film when I was a child. I was totally absorbed by the story and the antics of Mij the otter. I saw it again on video recently and it had lost none of it's charm. I remember the stunning cinematography of the wild country where it was filmed,best seen on a true big screen. Bill Travers and Virginnia McKenna ( Born Free - An Elephant called Slowly ) are well cast as Mij's friends. Any child with an interest in animals will enjoy this film , but there is enough adult interest to make it fun for all. The ending may seem somewhat brutal/bitterwseet ( although not shown in graphic detail ) but we often underestimate childrens abilities to understand what is happening around them and as I recall being a child when I saw it, the film was more memorable because it had a gritty ending and not a "warm fuzzy" throw away end. Enjoy !

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