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Turtle Diary (1985)

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 »

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

Russell Hoban (novel), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Jackson ... Neaera Duncan
Ben Kingsley ... William Snow
Richard Johnson ... Mr. Johnson (Neaera's Neighbor)
Michael Gambon ... George Fairbairn (turtle keeper)
Rosemary Leach ... Mrs. Charlie Inchcliff (landlady)
Eleanor Bron ... Miss Neap (Flora)
Harriet Walter ... Harriet Sims (bookstore clerk)
Jeroen Krabbé ... Mr. Sandor (the slob)
Nigel Hawthorne ... The Publisher
Michael Aldridge ... Mr. Meager, Bookstore Owner
Rom Anderson Rom Anderson ... Girl at Zoo
Tony Melody ... Garage Attendant with Bucket
Gary Olsen Gary Olsen ... Lorry Driver at Rest Park
Peter Capaldi ... Assistant Keeper
Harold Pinter ... Man in Bookshop
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Storyline

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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They share a strange and amusing obsession.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diario de tortugas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,115, 17 February 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,156,772
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Glenda Jackson played a character who is a writer of children's books. Author Russell Hoban has written several books for children and young adults such as "Letitia Rabbit's String Song", "The Story of Hester Mouse: Who Became a Writer" and one which has been made into a full length animated movie, The Mouse and His Child (1977). Also, made-for-television and written by Hoban, was Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977). See more »

Quotes

Harriet Sims: Have you ever been married?
William Snow: I must have been, I had two daughters. They were little once, they used to sit on my lap.
Harriet Sims: Were you a good father?
William Snow: They thought so, but they were only children at the time.
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Gentle and liberating
30 August 2011 | by pfdarlingtonSee all my reviews

Superb film. I have still have it on betamax! Must move it to safer media. I see it as a story of two aquariums, one is the zoo aquarium which contain the turtles, swimming around aimlessly attempting to satisfy their ancient migration, and the only slightly bigger tank with all of us in. Basically, the story is of two people in a humdrum life in 'bedsit land', who get it together to liberate the turtles, and in doing so, themselves. There are lots of quality cameos with superb actors, superbly chosen by Hoban, an Anglophile who knows us better than ourselves. In my experience only 10% of all films are worth making. This is one of them. Why oh why is'nt it on DVD?


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