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All the Little Animals (1998)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Thriller  -  9 July 1999 (UK)
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Bobby Platt is a mentally slow young man who escapes an abusive, hateful stepfather who has killed his pets one by one. To save himself, Bobby runs away and meets a strange old man who ... See full summary »

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Mr. Summers
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Bobby Platt
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Bernard 'The Fat' De Winter
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Mr. Stuart Whiteside
John O'Toole ...
Lorry Driver
Amanda Boyle ...
Des
Amy Robbins ...
Valerie Ann Platt, Bobby's Mother
John Higgins ...
Dean
Kaye Griffiths ...
Lepidopterist
Sevilla Delofski ...
Janet, De Winter's Secretary
Helen Kluger ...
Icecream Vendor
Shane Barks ...
Young Bobby
Sjoerd Broeks ...
Mark
Elizabeth Earl ...
Child in Van
Andrew Dixon ...
Philip
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Storyline

Bobby Platt is a mentally slow young man who escapes an abusive, hateful stepfather who has killed his pets one by one. To save himself, Bobby runs away and meets a strange old man who wanders the highways to bury roadkill animals. Bobby becomes the old man's apprentice and learns to see the world of nature in a strange idyllic way. But soon the shadow of his stepfather catches up to him and Bobby's world explodes into a grotesque nightmare. Written by Harrison <cbale@interlog.com>

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On this earth, in this land, We are all here for a reason. See more »


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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9 July 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Biedne zwierzaki  »

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Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,888 (USA) (3 September 1999)

Gross:

$23,349 (USA) (10 September 1999)
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There is more cheese in the second quick shot of the mice eating cheese, than in the first. See more »

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Bobby Platt: I love animals!
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References Watership Down (1978) See more »

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Isle of View
A Composition from The Penguin Cafe
Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Geoffrey Richardson, Ian Maidman and Steve Fletcher
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like roadkill - you don't want to look, but...
6 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

you can't help it.

I found it is better to watch this movie as a spectator rather than as a participant, because if you allow yourself to become involved in the story, the inconsistencies will annoy you to no end.

The whole theme about cruelty to animals holds no weight because we never become involved with any animals - in fact the stepfather seems to be more of a true animal in the sense of doing what is necessary to survive than any other character.

Christian Bale wavers from being profoundly retarded one minute to quite normal the next. John Hurt shows no remorse for his past deed, indeed is rather demented in confiding that he did the right thing in his little fairy tale retelling.

The main thing that will keep you watching is to see what will happen next. Nothing happens as it should - oh, the basic good will triumph over evil theme is there in all its faded glory, but what will keep you watching this movie is because it is exactly like roadkill. You know it's bad, but you just have to see what it is...


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