Lonely, aging bachelor Mr. Hoppy (Dustin Hoffman) lives in a London flat and has two loves in his life - his balcony garden and Mrs. Silver (Dame Judi Dench), the widow in the flat below. Sadly, Mrs. Silver is too fond of her tortoise Alfie to respond. Noting that Mrs. Silver is perturbed that Alfie never seems to grow, Mr. Hoppy hatches a plan to show her how much he cares. This involves buying dozens of tortoises of increasing sizes to gradually substitute for Alfie, leading Mrs. Silver to believe that a Bedouin chant - Esio Trot - is making her pet grow. However, he is rumbled when one of the tortoises escapes. And, with another, brash resident vying for Mrs. Silver's affections, will Mr. Hoppy find happiness with the woman he loves?
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Did You Know?
often becomes very warm on-set and prefers to have air conditioning. However, air conditioning could not be used on the set of this movie, because the tortoises would not act if they got too cold. See more
When Mrs Silver and Mr. Pringle come to his flat for a meal he doesn't have three wine glasses but in a later fleeting 2 or 3 second shot there are three wine glasses on the meal table. See more
It's Been a Long, Long Time
Written by Jule Styne
and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Louis Armstrong See more