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Ring of Bright Water (1969)

Bill Travers , Virginia McKenna , Jack Couffer  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Peter Jeffrey, Jameson Clark, Helena Gloag
  • Directors: Jack Couffer
  • Writers: Bill Travers, Jack Couffer, Gavin Maxwell
  • Producers: Betty Botley, Edgar J. Scherick, Joseph Strick
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay/Starz
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305840075
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,268 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ring of Bright Water" on IMDb

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A jaded Londoner's life is transformed by a domesticated otter he purchases from a pet store. When the hustle of the city proves too much for the pair, they relocate to the bucolic Scottish highlands, where the man falls in love with a rural physician and the otter sires a family in the wild. Based on the eponymous memoirs of Gavin Maxwell. Product Details Number of Discs: 1 Rating: G (MPAA) Film Country: United Kingdom Sound: HiFi Sound, Stereo Sound, Surround Sound UPC: 013131118292

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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Magical with Strong Caution...... January 31, 2004
I saw this movie when I was 7 years old and I never forgot it.Even at such a young age I could appreciate the humor and beauty of it. Theres just one thing, if you are buying it for a young child I would really reconsider. It had an overwhelming affect on me as a 7 year old to see Mij get killed.It was my first experience with death. I left the theater hystericaly crying,gave me nightmares and made me very fearful that people and animals I love would die. I had been looking for this movie for a long time and when I finally found it and watched it, it made me cry again,but now I can appreciate the end and how life goes on and the beauty in that.I think its a great movie but for older children (11 yrs old) and adults.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Otters and Scotland a good mix ;0) December 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Ring of bright water is a British film full of the images and sounds of the late 60's. It is a wonderful story about a writer (Graham) who acquires an orphaned and much out of place young otter named Mij (pronounced Midge). Graham decides to move and take Mij from the heart of London to a more natural setting, the coast of northwest Scotland. This story works on so many levels there is the relationship between Graham and Mij as each learns from the other about being friends. There is also the relationship between the two newcomers (Graham and Mij) and the locals. The film takes you through a whole roller coaster of emotions. This movie will make you laugh, smile and cry. The end of the movie almost verges on letting you decide how the film really ended. Hope and belief is a wondrous thing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable Otter; Horrible Ending November 7, 2010
I recently saw this DVD on the sale rack at my local grocery store. The adorable picture of the otter on the cover caught my eye right away, and the description on the back cover spoke of fun and frolic and friendship and adventure. I thought it sounded like an uplifting movie about the love people share with companion animals (a subject for which I've always held strong affection since I've always been a nature and animal lover). So I bought the DVD and looked forward to watching the movie at home.

The opening segment is slow, but maybe that was done intentionally to covey the tedium of Graham's job and routine, and to establish the foundation of how his life is ripe for a change.

The otter, Mij, is adorable and enchanting from the very first moment he appears onscreen.

The movie really takes flight when Graham leaves his tedious job and big city life in London, and relocates to the stunning beauty of coastal Scotland. Mij blossoms in a natural environment, and the bond between Mij and Graham grows very strong. The shots of the otter frolicking in nature are easily the best of the whole film, and the cinematography of the Scottish highlands and shimmering seascapes is magnificent.

The relationship between Graham and Dr. Mary MacKenzie is handled beautifully. Their friendship blooms into love, and their love is enacted onscreen in a refreshingly subtle manner. And the friendship between Mij and the doctor's dog, Johnny, is very charming.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For animal and nature lovers February 22, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a highly fictionalized version of what was actually a true story in the book of the same name by Gavin Maxwell. As fiction, the screenplay takes dramatic license in ways both entertaining and trivializing. But what the film does most compellingly depict is the beauty of the Scottish shore, the uniqueness and remarkability of otters, and the life-changing relationship between a man and his otter. I was one of the children who grew up watching the movie, "Born Free." Those not of this generation may not be able to relate to the effect the movie ("Born Free") had on our culture and our awareness of animals as conscious beings (probably had a big part in giving rise to the enthusiasm for animal rights and the animal liberation movement that occurred some years later). I found "Ring of Bright Water" equally moving, albeit not for the same reasons, but for that same way of depicting animals with dignity and humor. In the more than ten years since I've seen this movie, I never forgot it and eventually bought a copy of my own [....])
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice family film December 22, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Gavin Maxwell's wonderful book can be tough going for children, though my 10-year-old enjoyed having it read aloud to him, with some paraphrasing of the gnarlier bits of prose. The film, only loosely based on the book, is a good alternative, with lots of footage of otter frolicking in a beautiful setting, and just enough plot to keep things interesting. Warning, children will find the death of Mij unsettling, and may not be completely soothed by the upbeat conclusion of the film.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie For Animal Lovers December 24, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
A middle-aged writer seeks solitude from his hectic London life, which he blames for his writer's block, to attempt his next novel. He settles down in a quaint cottage near the water in a town so small that someone from the street will run one of the local shops if the proprietor becomes ill. A young orphaned otter, Mitch, stumbles into his life and helps him learn the true meaning of unconditional love, teaching him how to communicate and reach out to other people. Together they develop a closeness with the town's veterinarian and her dog, Mitch's best friend. The movie has a sad ending which will melt anyone's heart; yet it tells us that as long as life exists, there is always hope and happiness since life is not a start-stop function, but the circularity of a cycle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
still amazing after 35 years since I last saw it
Published 10 days ago by Raymond Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie, and DVD was in great condition
Published 11 days ago by Susanne Canterberry
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is one of my favorite movies of all time!
Published 1 month ago by Ellen Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars I am amazed that Bill Travers wrote
I am amazed that Bill Travers wrote, produced & directed this movie! It warms the heart and brings a tear. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mickey R Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent condition
Published 2 months ago by carmen kitzberger
5.0 out of 5 stars really good item unused
got it for ma and watched it with her. 2nd time for me.
really good item unused. thanx.
Published 3 months ago by Randy R Massey
4.0 out of 5 stars Otterly Absurd Ending
I'd never seen this before, but bought it when it was a "recommend". OK, the vid takes a lot of liberties with the real story (I researched it on-line) and they change the names of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pam Dirac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent... Prompt Delivery !!!!
Published 3 months ago by 1953childstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
I bought this as gift for grand children . They enjoyed it. I watched it and I personally enjoyed it. Nice story
I would recommend
Published 7 months ago by Margaret Beauchemin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is one og my favorite animal movies and I highly recommend it for a long Saturday afternoon. Its so cute.
Published 7 months ago by lesmoore2204
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