Ring of Bright Water (1969)

107 mins | Comedy-drama | 1969

Director:

Jack Couffer

Producer:

Joseph Strick

Cinematographer:

Wolfgang Suschitzky

Editor:

Reginald Mills

Production Designer:

Ken Ryan

Production Companies:

Brightwater Film Production, Ltd., Palomar Pictures International, Ltd.
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HISTORY

Filmed on location in London and Argyllshire, Scotland. Opened in London in Apr ... More Less

Filmed on location in London and Argyllshire, Scotland. Opened in London in Apr 1969. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Wildlife cons
Wildlife cons
Wildlife cons
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell (London, 1960).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Ring of Bright Water," words and music by Frank Cordell.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1969
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 18 June 1969
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
107
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Graham Merrill, a London clerk for the civil service, has become increasingly dissatisfied with both his computerized job and automated society in general. While passing a pet shop one day, he catches the attention of a caged otter on display in the window; as he continues his daily walks by the store, Merrill gradually comes to believe the animal has singled him out from all the other pedestrians. He overhears two show promoters discussing the otter and decides to purchase it himself, but soon realizes his urban apartment is too small to house the rambunctious pet. When the otter's playfulness causes his landlady to evict him, Merrill buys a small cottage in the Argyllshire area of the Scottish highlands, where he plans to write a book on Arabian culture. Most of his working hours, however, are spent with the animal, which he nicknames "Mij"; in addition, the two of them enjoy the company of an attractive doctor, Mary MacKenzie, and her pet spaniel. One day, Mij runs away with a female otter, and is later found in a fishing net on a nearby island, badly injured and nearly drowned. After nursing the animal back to health, Merrill is called back to London. Mary agrees to care for Mij, but a road worker accidentally kills the pet during the writer's absence. Merrill returns and, upon hearing the news, becomes too distraught to work, until a female otter and three cubs suddenly appear at Mij's favorite watering spot. Inspired by the realization that they must be Mij's family, Merrill begins writing about ... +


Graham Merrill, a London clerk for the civil service, has become increasingly dissatisfied with both his computerized job and automated society in general. While passing a pet shop one day, he catches the attention of a caged otter on display in the window; as he continues his daily walks by the store, Merrill gradually comes to believe the animal has singled him out from all the other pedestrians. He overhears two show promoters discussing the otter and decides to purchase it himself, but soon realizes his urban apartment is too small to house the rambunctious pet. When the otter's playfulness causes his landlady to evict him, Merrill buys a small cottage in the Argyllshire area of the Scottish highlands, where he plans to write a book on Arabian culture. Most of his working hours, however, are spent with the animal, which he nicknames "Mij"; in addition, the two of them enjoy the company of an attractive doctor, Mary MacKenzie, and her pet spaniel. One day, Mij runs away with a female otter, and is later found in a fishing net on a nearby island, badly injured and nearly drowned. After nursing the animal back to health, Merrill is called back to London. Mary agrees to care for Mij, but a road worker accidentally kills the pet during the writer's absence. Merrill returns and, upon hearing the news, becomes too distraught to work, until a female otter and three cubs suddenly appear at Mij's favorite watering spot. Inspired by the realization that they must be Mij's family, Merrill begins writing about otters. +

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