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All Creatures Great and Small (1975)

The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Bruce ...
Miss Harbottle
Christine Buckley ...
John Collin ...
Mr. Alderson
Jane Collins ...
Connie
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Farmer In Cinema
Glynne Geldart ...
Joyce
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Dinsdale's Uncle
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Helen
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Siegfried
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Cranford
Doreen Mantle ...
Mrs. Seaton
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Soames
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Head Waiter
Daphne Oxenford ...
Mrs. Pumphrey
Bert Palmer ...
Mr. Dean (as Burt Palmer)
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The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.

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4 February 1975 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: All Creatures Great and Small (#24.3)  »

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Trivia

The surgery telephone number is Darrowby 85. See more »

Goofs

Early on (and whilst James is working at the surgery), Siegfried is seen reading the "Daily Express" newspaper dated Saturday June 5th 1937, but James tells Helen in a later scene that he's only been at the practice since July. See more »

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[first lines]
[James Herriot rings the doorbell]
Mrs. Hall: [opening door] Yes?
James Herriot: [removing his hat] Good afternoon, my name's Herriot.
[pause]
James Herriot: ...Well, I belive Mr. Farnon is expecting me.
Mrs. Hall: Surgery is from six to seven.
James Herriot: Oh no, no, he asked me for tea.
Mrs. Hall: Did he now?
James Herriot: Well, I'm applying for the job, you see. Mr. Farnon's new assistant.
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Alice Blue Gown
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Written by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Tierney
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A Great 70s Classic.
8 March 2002 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, at great surprise. I would not recommend it to fans of the action genre but everyone else should take a look, especially animal lovers, don't think for a second you need to have read Herriot's book. The actors themselves provide all the entertainment with their dialogue (except the bits with the animals and farmers). It is actually an emotional film and makes you involved with the characters. A word of warning, since it covers a significant amount of time without making it that clear don't leave the room. I haven't made this film sound as good as it is but believe me it's great. Simon Ward and Brian Stirner are very good as James Herriot and Tristan respectively but Anthony Hopkins steals every scene he's in (as always) as Siegfried, who constantly confuses Herriot by changing what he said the night before and manages to insult all the women. The scene where he is chatting up his girlfriend is a classic example of how NVC can be better than actually saying something. So long as you know what you are expecting this film is excellent.

A great British classic, watch it.


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