7.1/10
2,286
37 user 13 critic

All the Little Animals (1998)

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Metroland (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The sudden reappearance of his best friend Toni, after ten years absence, causes Chris to remember his past, to question some of his lifestyle decisions and to re-evaluate his life and marriage to Marion.

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Christian Bale, Lee Ross, Emily Watson
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts - refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian government, an agent ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Hampton
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, Gérard Depardieu
Royal Deceit (1994)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This re-telling of Hamlet goes back to the original Danish source material. The opening scenario remains the same: Hamlet's father murdered by his brother who then weds the widowed mother. ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Axel
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren, Christian Bale
Laurel Canyon (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Stars: Frances McDormand, Alessandro Nivola, Christian Bale
Mary, Mother of Jesus (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A believable telling of the life of Mary, the chosen by God, mother of Christ. The story follows Mary before conception, at the revealing of the impending birth by the angel Gabrie, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Christian Bale, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman
Swing Kids (1993)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices as the Nazis begin tightening... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Carter
Stars: Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American girl inherits a fortune and falls into a misguided relationship with a gentleman confidence artist whose true nature, including a barbed and covetous disposition, turns her life into a nightmare.

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt
Treasure Island (TV Movie 1990)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Fraser C. Heston
Stars: Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed
Shaft (2000)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mr. Summers
...
...
Bernard 'The Fat' De Winter
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Of All the Animals, The Cruelest is Man. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 July 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Biedne zwierzaki  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$23,349 (USA) (10 September 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Reeves, whose " Witchfinder General " was a critical success in 1968, had planned to film this in 1969 with Arthur Lowe starring. See more »

Goofs

There is more cheese in the second quick shot of the mice eating cheese, than in the first. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Platt: I love animals!
See more »

Connections

References Watership Down (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Going Away and It Doesn't Matter
A Composition from The Penguin Cafe
Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Geoffrey Richardson, Ian Maidman and Steve Fletcher
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beautiful, quietly dignified
29 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (2.35 Research)

Sound format: Dolby Digital

Until it takes a darker turn during its latter stages, there's a quiet dignity at the heart of this unusual drama, the directorial debut of producer Jeremy Thomas, based on a novel by Walker Hamilton. Christian Bale - a long way from EMPIRE OF THE SUN and two years from American PSYCHO - plays a mentally impaired young man who runs away from his creepy stepfather (Daniel Benzali) in the wake of his mother's death and ends up in Cornwall, where he befriends an eccentric hermit (John Hurt) whose fondness for animals strikes a healing chord within Bale's damaged psyche. Together, they set out to bury the dead creatures they find around their ramshackle home in the forest, many of them killed by traffic on lonely country roads.

Characterized by its magical performances (Bale is utterly convincing as the 10 year old boy trapped in a 25 year old's body) and eye-popping, panoramic vistas of the English landscape, the film offers a gentle reminder of mankind's place in the natural scheme of things, though Thomas makes his point without stooping to preachiness or obvious metaphors. In an amusing turnabout from standard Hollywood practices, this UK-lensed film features an American actor (Benzali) playing a Brit villain, the catalyst for a late-breaking plot development which some may find overly melodramatic. By turns humane, frightening and beautiful, this isn't a movie for all tastes, but adventurous viewers will be rewarded for their patience. A possible cult in the making.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A wonderful film! BroadwayBaby76
Why is he called the "Fat?" Zutulu
Road kill epace89
Good movie! reeniebeanie13
Watch Online usespace
Awards s-davies-1
Discuss All the Little Animals (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?