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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 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 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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The Stars of BORN FREE Shine Even Brighter See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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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 Flashbacks of a Fool (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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A Gem of a Film
8 July 2011 | by PoppyTransfusionSee all my reviews

A very simple plot: man disaffected with London life decamps to the Scottish wilderness accompanied by the tame otter he rescued from a pet shop. In Scotland he meets a woman and their mutual appreciation of the countryside and love of the otter brings them together. The film has a very bittersweet ending as a tragedy gives birth to a creative endeavour.

The film is autobiographical being based on a true story available as a book of the same name. It is subtle and unassuming making the most of the characters given its simple plot. The footage of the otter - called Mij - is fantastic and if you were indifferent to otters before I am confident you will love them after watching Mij. The connection between the man, Graham (played by Bill Travers), and Mij is funny and poignant.

This is a gem of a film. It offers so much without any of the manipulations in which many modern films indulge. I was absorbed watching it and it has stayed with me since seeing it. I recommend this highly. Be warned it is upsetting and if you decide to show it to a child there may be tears.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

14 May 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Baía do Homem Solitário See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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