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Turtle Diary (1985)

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Two separate people, a man and a woman, find something very stirring about the sea turtles in their tank at the London Zoo. They meet and form an odd, but sympathetic camaraderie as they ... See full summary »

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Neaera Duncan
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William Snow
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Mr. Johnson (Neaera's neighbor)
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George Fairbairn (turtle keeper)
Rosemary Leach ...
Mrs. Charlie Inchcliff (landlady)
Eleanor Bron ...
Miss Neap (Flora)
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Harriet Sims (bookstore clerk)
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Mr. Sandor (the slob)
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The Publisher
Michael Aldridge ...
Mr. Meager, Bookstore Owner
Rom Anderson ...
Girl at Zoo
Tony Melody ...
Garage Attendant with Bucket
Gary Olsen ...
Lorry Driver at Rest Park
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Assistant Keeper
Harold Pinter ...
Man in Bookshop
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Two separate people, a man and a woman, find something very stirring about the sea turtles in their tank at the London Zoo. They meet and form an odd, but sympathetic camaraderie as they plan to steal two of the turtles and free them into the ocean. Written by Kathy Li

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turtle | sea | sea turtle | london zoo | zoo | See more »

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14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diario de tortugas  »

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$2,156,772 (USA)
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According to Allmovie, "the maiden effort of United British Artists, a consortium consisting of Glenda Jackson, Harold Pinter, and producer Richard Johnson (who also appears in the film)". However, according to the IMDb, Champions (1984) was the first theatrical feature film of United British Artists (UBA). See more »

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William Snow: I used to read your books to my girls.
Neaera Duncan: Really?
William Snow: When they were little.
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a film of many virtues
11 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two withdrawn, pathologically shy Londoners, one a dedicated bachelor and the other an author of children's books, conspire to hijack a trio of sea turtles from a local zoo and liberate them into the English Channel, coming out of their own shells (so to speak) in the process.

It sounds trite, but what saves the film from becoming a starry-eyed promotion for Greenpeace is its refusal to rely strictly on charm. The screenplay by Harold Pinter (a refreshingly straightforward adaptation of the novel by Russell Hoban) is built entirely on small gestures and quiet epiphanies, with none of the expected emotional overkill or cheap inspirational grandstanding (there is, for example, no awkward romantic subplot tacked on to the adventure). Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley both give typically immaculate performances, and the film itself is likewise quite exhilarating, in its own understated, unassuming sort of way.


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