Tarka the Otter

Film, Family and kids

Time Out says

This episodic adaptation of Henry Williamson's novel seems determined to include stock shots of all British flora and fauna, whether relevant or not. It's a tale of love, tears, adventure, and close shaves, in which the animal stars act well; but only at the end, in the final confrontation between Tarka and his nemesis, Deadlock the otter-hound, does the film really jell. The rest suffers, as does the book, from a mixture of feyness and anthropomorphism, perhaps endearing in the 1920s but emerging as weakness in this more cynical age.

By: SP


Release details

91 mins

Cast and crew

David Cobham
Gerald Durrell, David Cobham
Peter Bennett
Edward Underdown
Brenda Cavendish
John Leeson
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