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Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2015)

A retired bachelor has a thing for his neighbour who only shows affection to her pet tortoise.

Director:

Dearbhla Walsh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Corden ... Narrator
Salo Gardner Salo Gardner ... Mr. Mavrokoukoudopolous
Dustin Hoffman ... Mr. Hoppy
Richard Cordery Richard Cordery ... Mr. Pringle
Judi Dench ... Mrs. Silver
Polly Kemp Polly Kemp ... Woman on Bus
Emily Ralph Emily Ralph ... Little Girl
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Pet Shop Owner (as Geoff McGivern)
Jimmy Akingbola ... Keen Pet Shop Keeper
Joseph West Joseph West ... Philip
Katie Lyons ... Philip's Mother
Pik Sen Lim ... Mrs. Wu (as Pik-Sen Lim)
Ronnie Hughes Ronnie Hughes ... Trumpeter
Jack Honeyborne Jack Honeyborne ... Pianist (as Jack Honeybourne)
Lisa Hammond ... Mrs. Desmond
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Storyline

Lonely, ageing bachelor Mr Hoppy lives in a London flat and has two loves in his life - his balcony garden and Mrs Silver, 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 Alfire, 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? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Plot Keywords:

tortoise | love | bachelor | pet | flat | See All (74) »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

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Details

Official Sites:

BBC [United Kingdom]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2015 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

'Ахап Ереч' Роальда Даля See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman often becomes very warm on set and prefers to have air con. However, air con could not be used on the set of this film because the tortoises would not act if they got too cold. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Top Gun (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello, Dolly!
(uncredited)
Written by Jerry Herman
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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A slow-paced tale
1 January 2018 | by Master BaldwinSee all my reviews

While the whole plot could seem rather weak, this movie is a perfect example of a modern storytelling done with mastery. The pace of the movie is voluntarily slow, the actors are excellent, the breaking of the fourth wall is used with wit by a character who at first seems to be there only to tell us the story, and there are some surprising events that are typical of an action movie.


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