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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

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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: Tell me, suppose some turtle freak decided to steal these turtles, what would he need for the job?
George Fairbairn: What would he want to do with them after he'd stolen them?
William Snow: Put them back in the sea?
George Fairbairn: Oh, well... He'd need a trolley to get them out of here, crates to put 'em in, and a van to take them down to the ocean.
William Snow: Wouldn't they dry out on the trip?
George Fairbairn: Funny, you're the second person this week who's asked me about the turtles... No, drying out's no problem. Put 'em on foam rubber, you see? Throw a bucket on ...
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Low-key but beautifully acted story of everyday people fulfilling their little dream
16 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Turtle Diary" is a movie easily underestimated: the viewer is not 'pushed' through a nerve-wrecking plot and scenes. However, this movie rewards the viewer with an intimate and at times moving picture of common people in unusual circumstances. Ben Kingsley plays a totally credible single male living an undisturbed life as a book-selling clerk. During his daily visits to the giant sea turtles - rare animals on the brink of extinction - in the Zoo Aquarium he develops the moral conviction that the animals should be set free. He discovers that a female writer of nature books, who sometimes visits the bookstore where Kingley works, shares his vision and together with the zoo assistant they make a plan and prepare the illegal 'abduction' of the turtles. The movie succeeds in engaging the viewer in the plans and the suspense of the preparation while at the same time presenting a realistic and sometimes moving picture of daily life in the English lodging house where Kingley lives. There is even a little surprising romantic touch at the end of the movie. The movie invites the viewer to identify himself (and herself) with the main characters. There are reminders of classic Italian neo-realistic cinema in the combination of realism with the feeling of personal involvement it can evoke from the viewer.


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