Ring Of Bright Water 1969

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Businessman Graham Merrill's (Bill Travers) life is changed forever after he purchases Mij the otter in a pet shop. Giving up his job and flat in London, Graham moves to a cottage on the west coast of Scotland, were he works as a writer and strikes up a friendship with local doctor Mary MacKenzie (Virinia McKenna). However, Graham's idyllic new lifestyle is threatened when it looks as though Mij's food supply is set to run out...

Starring:
Peter Jeffrey, Bill Travers
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Peter Jeffrey, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Jameson Clark
Director Jack Couffer
Studio FREMANTLE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 8 April 2002
Main languages English

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "sapphirestar12" on 1 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
I watched this on bank holiday Monday on ITV and I personally didnt think it would be good! However I found myself staying tuned and watched the whole movie! I refused to move, even when the adverts came on!
I loved Bill Travers acting and found Mij the otter entertaining! They really worked well together and Virginia McKenna as the Scotish village doctor was stunning.
I enjoyed the soundtrack and the locations of the movie were breath taking and this film has dug itself into my heart. It pulled at my heart strings and make me laugh and almost shed a tear.
Please try and see this classic, its one of those films, that still to this day will be enjoyed by audiences young and old!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By caroline_ann_hardwick@hotmail.com on 22 April 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Ring of Bright Water is a beautiful film. It is set in the West Coast of Scotland amidst the most fantastic scenery in Great Britain. A story about a man and his love for an sea otter, Midge, who gets upto all kinds of mischief around the surrounding country side. Pefect watching for lazy days! This is a story for animal lovers everywhere.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Philip Marsh on 29 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
I remember the film as being beautifully shot and a gentle, probably a bit wimpy and sentimental story (nothing really wrong with that). However, I saw this on one of the rare occasions a film projector was brought into school in the 70s - we were only about 8 years old. THAT scene (I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it) and its effect on an 8 year old boy (ie me!) has stayed with me always and I've never been able to watch it again!

A good film and recommended. Just don't have your kids there watching it without a box of tissues handy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eye Can on 6 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Gentle quiet atmospheric film with some extradinary happenings.
Natural history and scottish highlands, good to clear your head..breathe that fresh air and drink that crystal water.
Boys 7,10 really enjoyed this film. I had seen it many years ago as childhood memories of it have lingered.
Beautiful haunting theme tune brings a tear to one's eye.
Could watch again, maybe a childhood family classic
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
Fast moving with awesome Scottish landscapes, great classical music and engaging characters all brought together by a otter who is saved from a pet shop in London and in the process returns us to the freedom of the sky and the sea.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jaye B on 14 Sept. 2009
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I cry every time I watch this, it just gets to me! A great film for all the family although it is a bit sad but with a happy ending. Good to watch on a rainy afternoon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Crem on 29 Jan. 2010
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the main film has been re-digitalized and is both sound and sight perfect. The interviews after the film use 'flash back' to support comments made by the producer...and these flashbacks are NOT re-digitalized (yellowy and spotted) and you then realise how marvellous the "new" film is now.
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Format: DVD
Spoilers, be warned.

I adore this film. It's a very 60's film; it has about as much subtlety as a sledgehammer, and yet because of that it is incredibly sincere in a way that a lot of modern films aren't. It is nothing more than a man who finds an otter amid the dreary greyness of London, and moves away to Scotland to start a new life in a derelict cottage across the hill from a little village. The film is pretty much completely free from cynicism, and although you will have to allow for some fairly odd "Scottish" accents from the actors, it's adequately acted.

SPOILERS

For an otter lover such as me the film is an absolute must; it is full of well-shot footage of Mij the otter generally being very sweet and playful. There is no complex plot, but there isn't supposed to be - it is simply a beautiful film about a man whose life is transformed when he rescues an otter from a pet shop. Through the otter he learns to return to a wonderful naivety and playfulness that we feel we ought to try as well. Again, the film is about as subtle as a sledgehammer in this respect, but it doesn't matter - sincerity is nice every now and then.

SPOILERS

My only disagreement - and again, SPOILERs - is Mij's end. It is offscreen but, in my opinion, unnecessary. I defend the film's obviousness and lack of subtlety up until this point. I thought it was extremely blatant, an attempt to give the film a "tearjerker" end, and make it tragic. It just made me angry. There was no need, and what's more it was completely out of the blue and desperately nasty.
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