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Ring of Bright Water (1969)

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). It doesn't take Graham long to realize that... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Couffer

Writers:

Jack Couffer (screenplay), Bill Travers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Travers ... Graham Merrill
Virginia McKenna ... Mary MacKenzie
Peter Jeffrey ... Colin Wilcox
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Storekeeper
Helena Gloag Helena Gloag ... Flora
Willie Joss Willie Joss ... Lighthouse Keeper (as W. D. Joss)
Roddy McMillan Roddy McMillan ... Busdriver
Jean Taylor Smith Jean Taylor Smith ... Sarah (as Jean Taylor-Smith)
Christopher Benjamin ... London Fishmonger
Kevin Collins Kevin Collins ... Fisherman
Archie Duncan ... Road mender
June Ellis June Ellis ... Barmaid
Philippa Gail Philippa Gail ... Pet stall girl
Tommy Godfrey Tommy Godfrey ... Ticket seller
Walter Hall Walter Hall
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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). It doesn't take Graham long to realize that London is no place to raise a slippery otter. So he takes Mij to live in a ramshackle cottage on the coast of Scotland. Together they set out to explore the curious and magnificent natural wonders that surround their seaside home--from orphaned geese to tooth-less sharks. While Mij spends his days frolicking in the icy cold sea, Graham finds himself falling in love with the beautiful town doctor, Mary (Virginia McKenna). Before long, the three become inseparable friends. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@netcom.com>

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otter | dog | doctor | cottage | pet shop | See All (17) »

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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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

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: It could have broken your arm!
Mary MacKenzie: Yes, but the cygnet was caught in the wire, you see.
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Connections

Referenced in Ideal: The Future (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ring of Bright Water
(Title Song)
Sung by Val Doonican
Lyric by Betty Botley
Music by Frank Cordell (uncredited)
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Stunning Visuals complemented by Superb Direction
26 April 2006 | by rhsymondsSee all my reviews

I have no idea how some people give this film low marks, everything from the scenery to the interaction between cast and animals is breathtaking. I was enthralled throughout this emotional roller-coaster thanks to the trainers of Mij the otter and the acting of the two lead roles, i watched seven samurai the night before this, so it had a lot to live up to, and it was one of the first films in ages where i didn't look at the time once, i was so happy watching this man and otter co-exist that i didn't want it to end.

There are emotional extremes in this film, moments of tearful joy and moments of terrible sadness, so be careful if watching with kids. For a 1969 production, I cannot recommend this enough, i watched a free copy with a newspaper, and i will be buying the full DVD very soon and I'm 24! Thoroughly impressive editing & acting makes this a film that will stay with me till the day i die. And dammit, i want that otter !!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

14 May 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El círculo resplandeciente See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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