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Roald Dahl's Esio Trot ()


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

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Narrator
Salo Gardner ...
Mr. Mavrokoukoudopolous
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Mr. Hoppy
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Mr. Pringle
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Mrs. Silver
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Woman on Bus
Emily Ralph ...
Little Girl
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Pet Shop Owner (as Geoff McGivern)
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Keen Pet Shop Keeper
Joseph West ...
Philip
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Philip's Mother
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Mrs. Wu (as Pik-Sen Lim)
Ronnie Hughes ...
Trumpeter
Jack Honeyborne ...
Pianist (as Jack Honeybourne)
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Mrs. Desmond
Anna Cannings ...
Mrs. Court
Leo Umeh ...
Puppy Boy
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Puppy Boy's Mother
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Roberta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Boyd ...
Man on Phone (uncredited)
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Rollerblading Couple (uncredited)
Aaran Mitra ...
Boy in Pet Shop (uncredited)
James Thomas Scott ...
Man in Park (uncredited)

Directed by

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Dearbhla Walsh

Written by

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Richard Curtis ... (written by) and
Paul Mayhew-Archer ... (written by)
 
Roald Dahl ... (based on the novel by)

Produced by

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Hilary Bevan Jones ... producer
Richard Curtis ... executive producer
Ian Hogan ... line producer
Tom Nash ... development producer
Matthew Read ... executive producer: BBC
Bob Weinstein ... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein ... executive producer

Music by

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Tim Phillips

Cinematography by

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Ben Smithard ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tim Murrell

Editorial Department

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Theresa Crooks ... digital intermediate coordinator
Justin Eely ... on-line editor
Heidi Mount ... post production supervisor
Jesse Parker ... assistant editor
Jateen Patel ... dailies colourist
Gareth Spensley ... colourist

Casting By

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Rachel Freck

Production Design by

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Tom Burton

Art Direction by

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Caroline Harper ... stand-by art director
Dominic Roberts

Set Decoration by

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Barbara Herman-Skelding

Costume Design by

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Jenny Beavan

Makeup Department

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Christina Baker ... makeup designer
Pippa Buist ... makeup trainee
Suzanne David ... makeup artist (as Sue David)
Sian Wilson ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Heidi Mount ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Harry Boyd ... first assistant director
Elliott Darvell-Legoy ... floor runner
Tussy Facchin ... third assistant director
Ben Harrison ... second assistant director
Alex Irvine ... floor runner
Siggy Stone ... floor runner

Art Department

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Matthew Bailey ... standby carpenter
Tamsin Clarke ... prop buyer
John Colebourn ... storyboard artist
Hugh Fottrell ... standby props
Hannah Foulkes ... art department experience
Charlotte Hutchings ... art department trainee
Douglas Ingram ... storyboard artist
Kamlan Man ... prop buyer
Tony Marks ... carpenter
Ian McCaffrey ... storyboard artist
Dave Midson ... dressing props
Eddie Murphy ... carpenter
Helen Negus ... graphic designer
Kitty Parkinson ... art department assistant
Wesley Peppiatt ... standby props
Paul Purdy ... property master
Terry Taylor ... dressing props / props
Richard Rowntree ... key greensman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Chris Ashworth ... sound recordist
Simon Brown ... boom operator / first assistant sound / sound maintanance
Derek Casari ... stage engineer
Catherine Duffy ... 2nd assistant sound
Stuart Hilliker ... re-recording mixer
Adam Lavis ... sound studio support
Greg Oddoye ... sound trainee
Jeff Richardson ... dialogue editor
Lee Walpole ... supervising sound editor
Peter Burgis ... foley artist (uncredited)
Philip Clements ... foley editor (uncredited)
Sarah Elias ... foley editor (uncredited)
Catherine Thomas ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Neil Jenkins ... special effects crew
Scott MacIntyre ... special effects supervisor (as Scott McIntyre)

Visual Effects by

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Kanika Andrew ... digital compositor: Double Negative
Dave Bannister ... lead compositor
Alasdair Bayne ... assistant visual effects editor: double negative
Sebastian Becker ... visual effects artist: double negative
Emma Bew ... visual effects production assistant: double negative
Adam Broderick ... digital compositor
Simone Coco ... lead compositor
Patrick Dean ... visual effects editor: Double Negative
Simon Frame ... vfx supervisor
Frank Hanna ... digital compositor
Peter Hardy ... vfx artist
Andy Hargreaves ... visual effects artist
Dan Horne ... matchmove artist: double negative
Louise Hussey ... visual effects producer
Hayden Jones ... executive visual effects supervisor
Sevendalino Khay ... matte painter
Simon Kilroe ... visual effects artist
Remko Kram ... digital compositor: Double Negative
Adam McInnes ... visual effects supervisor: Double Negative
Sarah Mooney ... visual effects line producer: Double Negative
Aaron Noordally ... digital compositor
Mark Pascoe ... cg supervisor
Daniel Roberts ... visual effects artist
Gonzalo Sanchez ... digital compositor: Double Negative
Michael Walton ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Nick Hobbs ... stunt double
Gareth Milne ... stunt coordinator
Chris Newton ... stunt rigger

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chris Bailey ... rigging electircian
Nick Briggs ... still photographer
Laurence Cendrowicz ... still photographer
Wailoon Chung ... electrician
Rachel Clark ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Adam Coles ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Harry Elvin ... crane technician dailies
Steve Gilbert ... grip
Alex Golding ... digital imaging technician
Michael Green ... focus puller: "b" camera
John Miguel King ... digital imaging technician
Stephen Lee ... video playback operator
Ashton Lunn ... trainee grip
Danny McGee ... practical electrician
Liam McGill ... gaffer
Keith Mead ... grip
Dave Morgan ... steadicam daily (2014)
Andy Mountain ... console operator
Nick Thursby ... camera trainee: a camera / second assistant "b" camera
Martyn Welland ... electrician
Jason Wells ... electrician
Iwan Williams ... best boy

Casting Department

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Sally King ... child crowd casting
Rachel Sheridan ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jane Law ... costumer: Judi Dench
Jaclyn Tamizato ... stand-by costumer
Anabel Temple ... stand-by costumer
Sally Turner ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Rebecca Davis ... location scout
Paul Giordani ... location scout
Cornelius Morpeth ... location assistant
Niall O'Shea ... location assistant
Karen Smith ... location manager
Adriene Whitwell ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Nick Baxter ... scoring mixer
Jacques Brautbar ... additional music / composer: additional music
Bryan Carrigan ... pro tools operator
Iain Cooke ... music supervisor
Daniel Davila ... score mix assistant engineer
Mark Robertson ... music consultant
Pete Saville ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Sue Hills ... script supervisor
Lizzie Pritchard ... script supervisor: 2nd unit

Transportation Department

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Allan Bradshaw ... unit driver
Ted Leaning ... driver
Mo Zadeh ... driver: cast

Additional Crew

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Athba AlKhudairy ... floor runner: second unit
Sashi Arnold ... floor runner: dailies
Steven Baldwin ... production assistant
Victoria Brooks ... managing director
George Cashell ... production accountant
James Cleave ... additional floor runner: dailies
Richard Dobbs ... publicity assistant
Daniel Len Frost ... unit medic
Francesca Jaynes ... choreographer
Elfyn Wyn Jones ... assistant accountant
Amanda Kaplan ... assistant: Mr. Hoffman
Una Maguire ... publicity director
Matt McNally ... epk producer
Dale Mercer ... assistant choreographer
Ross Monaghan ... unit manager
Matthew Peacock ... assistant production coordinator
Penny Ryder ... personal assistant: Judi Dench
Molly Seymour ... personal assistant: Richard Curtis
Siggy Stone ... floor runner
Anna Tennant ... animal wrangler
Michael Wade ... stand-in: Dustin Hoffman (as Mike Wade)
Samantha White ... production coordinator (as Samantha Nevin)
Becky Wright ... adr voice group (uncredited)

Thanks

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Stephen Dixon ... thanks to: Metropolitan Police Film Unit

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Also Known As
  • Esio Trot (United Kingdom)
  • Un amour de tortue (France)
  • Mr. Hoppys Geheimnis (Germany)
  • Agu Trot de Roald Dahl (Spain)
  • Herra Hoppyn salaisuus (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 88 min
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Trivia Seventy-six tortoises were used in the making of this movie. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Dame Judi Dench/Dustin Hoffman/Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman/Olly Murs (2014). See more »
Soundtracks A Kiss to Build a Dream On See more »

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