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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Neaera Duncan
... William Snow
... Mr. Johnson (Neaera's Neighbor)
... George Fairbairn (turtle keeper)
... Mrs. Charlie Inchcliff (landlady)
... Miss Neap (Flora)
... Harriet Sims (bookstore clerk)
... Mr. Sandor (the slob)
... The Publisher
... Mr. Meager, Bookstore Owner
Rom Anderson ... Girl at Zoo
... Garage Attendant with Bucket
Gary Olsen ... Lorry Driver at Rest Park
... Assistant Keeper
... 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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They share a strange and amusing obsession.

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14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diario de tortugas  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$40,115, 17 February 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,156,772
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The place where the sea turtles were kept and lived was the London Zoo. See more »

Quotes

Miss Neap: Ah, the sea. It always seems so far away, even though the Thames goes into it.
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Referenced in Murder of a Cat (2014) See more »

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Gentle and liberating
30 August 2011 | by See 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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