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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 | london zoo | sea turtle | zoo | sea | See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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14 February 1986 (USA)  »

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$2,156,772 (USA)
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Second of two Harold Pinter written movies starring actor Ben Kingsley. The first had been Betrayal (1983) made and first released about two years earlier. See more »

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Neaera Duncan: These turtles... how long have they been here?
George Fairbairn: The big ones? The big ones have been here for thirty years.
Neaera Duncan: That's a very long time.
George Fairbairn: It is.
Neaera Duncan: Are they happy?
George Fairbairn: Happy? No, I shouldn't think they're all that happy. Born for the ocean, you see.
Neaera Duncan: Yes...
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A joy to watch unfold; a rare treasure that is worth the wait
23 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film that takes its time to get where it's going, and you should savor every minute of it while it gets there. Nothing monumental happens in it, but it's a joy to watch the story unfold. As a shy and reclusive writer, Glenda Jackson watches the giant sea turtles swim around in their restrictive and small enclosure wishing she could set them free. Ben Kingsley is a shy and nervous book store owner who wishes he could do the same. These two eventually get together and plot to release them back into the wild, with the help of the turtle's keeper.

Watching these two consummate actors twitch, stare and fume through their roles is part of the charm of the film; there is obviously some mental condition that Jackson's character is suffering from, but we never get a clear idea of what it is. She was at one time was a successful author but seems not to be able to write anymore. Her mind is in some way cornered within a small space trying to break free, in a way that makes her relate to the plight of the turtles. Romance does figure in the film in a major way, but not between the two leads; this is also part of the film's allure. It is wonderful to see Richard Johnson doing even a small acting role; he's delightful as Jackson's neighbor. Kingsley's rooming house occupants are also a varied crew, and his battles with them form the more comic parts of the film.

In the end, this is a quiet, intelligent film about people with problems who struggle to overcome them and help several turtles at the same time. There are no explosions, no running gun battles, no catchphrases. What it does have is a great story and actors, wonderful music, and a marvelous aura to it that is ultimately more memorable than those blockbuster films. I highly recommend it.


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