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Ring of Bright Water

4.4 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305840075
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ring of Bright Water" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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*SPOILERS*

Because parents need to know these things, I must address this. This movie's description makes it sound like "Andre" or some other cute movie about a wild animal taken in by a family. Well, it is ... right up until the point where - out of the clear blue sky - the cute little otter is bludgeoned to death.

Parents of small children MUST know these things going in or they will have some seriously messed up kids. My wife watched it alone first and it traumatized HER! She's still angry that I even brought it in the house. I may not have if I'd had some warning on the video cover but it only talks about fun, mischief and frolic, not violence, tragedy and grief. Those subjects are legitimate topics for films but there should be some kind of heads-up.

The quality of the film isn't the problem, nor is the unflinching realism of it. It's the misleading advertising.
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