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Tortoise in Love [DVD]

Tom Mitchelson , Guy Browning    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Tom Mitchelson
  • Directors: Guy Browning
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 101 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008582FBQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Tortoise in Love is set in the beautiful English countryside of the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire.

The warm-hearted humour of the film is reflected in the unique story of its making: almost the entire village of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire has been involved in everything from production and costume design to locations and catering.

Tom, gardener at the big house, is not a fast mover with women. In fact he's glacially slow. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya arrives for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically like the felling of one of the giant trees he cares for in the manicured grounds. Tom's advisor in matters of the heart is young lad Harry, abandoned by the rich owners of the house to run wild in the gardens. Harry's secret wish is for the Red Arrows to appear at the village fair: Tom's is to win the heart of Anya.

Both seem impossible dreams until the whole village decides to lend a hand.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and sweet 10 July 2013
This movie expects the viewer to fill in the gaps, so if you have half a brain you'll enjoy it for what it is. You will also quickly see that as important as the story is its essence in being a love letter to village life and community. There is a very Village sense of humour to it, not the packaged brand of humour you see on TV shows, but the innocent kind that amuses people that don't take themselves to seriously down at the local village pub. It could have done with a little bit more of a sub plot to increase the pace - the male lead really is a tortoise and the path of his true love runs pretty smooth despite the garden fork in his boot and the message lost in translation. The female lead is excellent and perfectly played. There are some really wooden moments and its not the slickest film you'll ever see but it will leave you smiling unless you are very hard hearted. Take a look and if you don't like it, try writing a rom-com script of your own set in the place where you live. Not so easy, is it? Cannot really see it appealing to anyone under 25 - it is so sweet and innocent - but if you are a romantic at heart it may win you over.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great British Rom-com 11 Jun 2012
I have been dragged along to see countless Hollywood rom-cons which don't have anything close to the heart, humour and class that Tortoise in Love has. The story of the Oxfordshire village making the film adds to the story as you can tell everyone on and behind the screen actually care what they have made.

The leading man is the spitting image of a young Hugh Grant, without the smugness and the film hangs on his shoulders well. The rest of the cast are a mix of rom-com staples - the village idiot, the tarty best friend, the wise old bloke with all the answers etc but in this film they feel welcome rather than shoe horned into the plot.

Forget awful Hollywood rubbish like SATC or New Years Eve and watch this for a decent, funny, clever British film.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super film 21 Oct 2013
By raygolf
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Very prompt and efficient service. This film is one of the most enjoyable we have seen in years, especially if you are part of English village life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tortoise in love 30 Sep 2013
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Loved this very English film. Relaxed and funny, knew how it would end but that was part of its beauty!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, gentle movie 10 May 2013
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I had heard about this movie being produced long before it's release, due to the way it was being funded by the good folk in the village in Oxfordshire where it was set, & was very aware of the storyline.

It's a nice, modern love story, with comedic touches, & features many folk of the village in question in their first, & maybe only acting roles.

They certainly did not disappoint !

Well worth buying & watching
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful film! 13 Oct 2012
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A gorgeous film - and blissfully free of Hollywood hype. The real star is the guy who thinks up the theme for the annual fairs. Sharp, witty and oh, so very English, and not an exploding helicopter or green CGI thing fighting another CGI thing in sight!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both points of view :) 17 Oct 2012
By Bryony
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I was lucky enough to be a crew member on the film and so have watched the film numerous times and still love it.

I bought the DVD so that i could show it to my housemates at Uni and they loved it too :D

It is great for people of all ages and the fact that a whole village came together to make it, i feel is inspiring.

Great English feel good film :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I've seen this film twice now - once at the cinema and once on DVD - and I love it. If you are at all interested in the back story then it is well worth a watch. It's very English and although the storyline is slightly lacking, this is made up for by the sheer enjoyment evident on the faces of the cast of villagers and also by their thoroughly commendable effort of making the whole thing happen in the first place. A final point: I feel that the film may have been better had some of the deleted scenes been included. They seem to have cut out all of the 'dark' areas of the script such as Harry's mum being a recluse who ends up in hospital after an accident and also there is a funeral scene which may have added a bit more depth to the sugary final story.

Buy the DVD, support the community, and make an evening of it: I recommend watching the Making Of first and the deleted scenes afterwards too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant film
Published 1 month ago by David Barnes
1.0 out of 5 stars An apology of a film
I have to say this was the worst film I think I have ever seen. A very poor story line with no substance whatsoever and pretty bad acting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Bridges, Hampshire
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle English romantic comedy...
No bad language or violence - simply an enjoyable story of boy meets girl... Filmed in the lovely Oxfordshire countryside around Kingston Bagpuize - look it up, it's worth a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by thewave2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Locally produced film
Bought the DVD to see the local scenes and friends who were extras in it. The story line was totally predictable and I found it slow moving and boring
Published 9 months ago by DawnRosa
2.0 out of 5 stars Twee and uninspired rom-com
I had wanted to see Tortoise in Love when it was shown at the Southend Film Festival but missed the opportunity, so was delighted when I happened across a copy in a charity shop. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gadfly
5.0 out of 5 stars wow what a film
Excellent British romcom. I cant believe a village created such a brilliant film on such a low budget. Just shows that us Brits can do a really good job when people pull together. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Helen Redfern
5.0 out of 5 stars Tortoise film
A fine little film made by Guy Browning in our old village of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire - light, simple, funny and with lots of local people doing a crackingly good job. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. N. M. Cavender
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
great film a really great story for all the family, really funny and have watched it again and again would recommend.
Published 17 months ago by Green wellise
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect way to spend an evening
Innocent chic-flick, based around where I live. Great fun to watch, treat your wife and buy it, she will see your softer side!!
Published 18 months ago by Graham M. Macdonald
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