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

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Biedne zwierzaki  »

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£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$23,349 (USA) (10 September 1999)
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Michael Reeves, whose " Witchfinder General " was a critical success in 1968, had planned to film this in 1969 with Arthur Lowe starring. See more »

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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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Moving Film About Wandering Souls.
21 August 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Christian Bale stars as Bobby Platt, an innocent young man that doesn't fit in so well with society(I sympathize greatly!) who is forced to take to the highways and roads of Cornwall, England after his mother dies, and his evil sociopath of a stepfather decides to put him away to gain full control of the family business.

Bobby is viewed as mentally challenged, but really that is a misunderstanding of this poor innocent person, who loves animals, and after befriending fellow wanderer Mister Summers(played with quiet dignity by John Hurt) decides to help him bury dead animals killed by cars along the road. Mr. Summers has a secret past that keeps him a recluse, but they form a close friendship that becomes threatened by the return of the stepfather...

Christian Bale is entirely believable, and his journey of self-discovery is remarkable. Story does have a jarring change of tone in the climax, but this is not enough to mar this otherwise memorable film that like-minded viewers will appreciate.


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