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Release Date:
11 June 1999 (Spain) See more »
Of All the Animals, The Cruelest is Man. See more »
Bobby Platt is a mentally slow young man who escapes an abusive, hateful stepfather who has killed his pets one by one... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Hurt ... Mr. Summers

Christian Bale ... Bobby Platt

Daniel Benzali ... Bernard 'The Fat' De Winter

James Faulkner ... 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
Michael Lewis ... Vicar
Ruth Wright ... Sandra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard Brindley ... Doctor Forest (uncredited)
David Firestar ... Hippie at Roadside Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeremy Thomas 
Writing credits
Eski Thomas (screenplay)

Walker Hamilton  book

Produced by
Chris Auty .... executive producer
Hercules Bellville .... associate producer
Denise O'Dell .... co-producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Peter Watson .... co-associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
Mike Molloy 
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith  (as John Victor Smith)
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Andrew Sanders 
Art Direction by
Steve Simmonds 
Set Decoration by
Charlotte Taylor 
Costume Design by
Louise Stjernsward 
Makeup Department
Roseann Samuel .... hair designer
Roseann Samuel .... makeup designer
Liz Tagg .... hair stylist (as Elizabeth Tagg)
Liz Tagg .... makeup artist (as Elizabeth Tagg)
Production Management
Ray Freeborn .... production supervisor
Clive Miles .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charlotte Cinalli .... second assistant director: additional crew
Becky Harris .... third assistant director: additional crew
Kate Hazell .... second assistant director
Jon Howe .... third assistant director: additional crew
Claire Peberdy .... third assistant director
Ken Tuohy .... first assistant director: additional crew
John Watson .... assistant director
James White .... third assistant director: additional crew
Art Department
Joe Alley .... carpenter
Roy Biggs .... stagehand
Sally Black .... props buyer: Isle of Man
Michael Caley .... stand-by stagehand
Darryl Carter .... carpenter
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Sarah Comish .... stand-by props: Isle of Man (as Sarah Jane Comish)
Brian Groves .... painter
John Hedges .... construction supervisor
Kevin Hedges .... carpenter
Douglas Hook .... stand-by carpenter
Jimmy Ismail .... chargehand dresser
Jimmy Ismail .... chargehand storeman
Kenneth Langridge .... stagehand
Norman North .... chargehand painter
Sheba Phombeah .... art department production assistant
Peter Risi .... chargehand propman
Peter Risi .... stand-by propman
Adam Smith .... dressing propman
Peter Smith .... dressing propman
Frank Walsh .... draftsman
Kenneth Welland .... painter (as Ken Welland)
Brian Wells .... property master
Roger Willis .... carpenter
Sound Department
Christopher Ackland .... sound editor (as Chris Ackland)
Don Banks .... boom operator
John Bateman .... foley mixer
Gareth Bull .... dialogue editor
Paul Cridlin .... boom operator: additional crew
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lafbery .... sound re-recordist
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
David Todman .... second assistant sound editor
Richard Todman .... foley editor
Dean St. John .... adr mixer: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Trevor Butterfield .... special effects technician (as Trevor Buttersfield)
Richard Conway .... special effects chief
Sam Conway .... special effects technician
Adam Hollow .... special effects technician
Tez Palmer .... special effects technician (as Terry Palmer)
Visual Effects by
Sloan Hickman .... digital effects: CFX (as Sloane Hickman)
Val Wardlaw .... digital effects: CFX
Chris Panton .... digital artist (uncredited)
Stuart Clark .... stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunt coordinator
Tony Smart .... stunts
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Batten .... focus puller: additional crew
Adam Dale .... aerial director of photography
Tobias Eedy .... clapper loader
Perry Evans .... gaffer
Angus Forbes .... still photographer
Jamie Fowlds .... Steadicam operator: additional crew (as James Fowlds)
Robert Gurney .... rigger
Rupert Hall .... video assist operator: Cornwall
Robin Harding .... grip
Rawdon Hayne .... focus puller
Colin Hazell .... crane operator
Toby Heaton-Armstrong .... video assist operator: Isle of Man
Sid Hinson .... stand-by rigger
Mark Hutton .... generator operator
John King .... electrician: additional crew
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... camera grip (as Rupert Lloyd Parry)
Rod Marley .... clapper loader: additional crew (as Roderick Marley)
Brian Martin .... electrician
Graham Mathews .... grip: additional crew
Alan McPherson .... best boy electric
Peter Mountain .... special photographer: additional crew
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator: additional crew
Colin Powton .... electrician: additional crew
Mel Sansom .... chargehand rigger (as Melvyn Sansom)
Peter Scorah .... grip: additional crew (as Peter Scora)
Philip Sindall .... camera operator
Colin Sivaiss .... electrician: Isle of Man
Deborah Smith .... clapper loader: additional crew (as Debbie Smith)
Laurie Sparham .... special photographer: additional crew
Keith Thomas .... focus puller: additional crew
John Wright .... rigger
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzy Freeman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Leoni Cotgrove .... post-production secretary
Peter Ferrari .... color timer
Jim Howe .... assistant editor (as James Howe)
Sasha Olswang .... assistant to editor
Music Department
Hugh Burns .... musician: guitars
Phil Chapman .... music mixer
Phil Chapman .... music recordist
Richard Hartley .... conductor
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Paul Talkington .... orchestra contractor
Peter Fuchs .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dougie Baird .... unit driver: Isle of Man (as Doug Baird)
Ian Clarke .... action vehicles
Tony Elwell .... driver: camera car
Simon Harding .... unit driver
Gary Harrison .... facility driver: Isle of Man
Stuart Harvey .... unit driver
Gordon Kenna .... facility driver: Isle of Man
Brian Naunton .... action vehicles
Shane Parish .... driver: construction truck
Rick Rickaby .... action vehicles
John Squires .... driver
Mark White .... driver: construction department (as Chalky White)
Other crew
Monika Agorelius .... electronic press kit
Paul Ball .... animal handler
Angela Bond .... production secretary
Phil Bradley .... caterer
Alex Brindley .... production assistant: Isle of Man (as Alexander Brindley)
John Brown .... caterer
Gilly Case .... location manager: London/Glastonbury
Nick Clarke .... caterer
Marion Corlett .... unit nurse: Isle of Man
Hazel Crombie .... accountant
Adam Dale .... aerial unit
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Phil Gates .... location manager: Isle of Man
Chris Golden .... production assistant: Isle of Man
Andrew Hill .... location manager: Cornwall
Gary Hill .... caterer
Luke Hornsby .... production assistant: Isle of Man
Jocelyn Jones .... assistant to director
John Marzano .... aerial unit
Sheila Mitchell .... unit nurse: Cornwall
Paul Morton .... assistant location manager: Isle of Man
Stephen North .... aerial unit (as Steve North)
Nik O'Dell .... production production assistant
Trevor Price .... courier
Tamazin Simmonds .... unit production runner
Clark Smithe .... production assistant: Isle of Man
Ron Swinburne .... financial controller
Faye Villalba .... production coordinator
Sue Wall .... assistant accountant: additional crew
Ruth Davidson Ward .... animal handler: fox
David Wilder .... completion bond: Film Finances
Marc Wolff .... aerial unit
Pauline Hume .... title designer (uncredited)
Jenne Casarotto .... special thanks
Fred Chandler .... special thanks
Bob Crowdey .... special thanks
John Fowlds .... special thanks
Anne François .... special thanks (as Ann Francois)
Joyce Herlihy .... special thanks
Gerry Humphreys .... special thanks
Simon Jeffes .... thanks (as Simon)
John Nelson .... special thanks
Suzette Newman .... special thanks
Matthew Payne .... special thanks
Lisbeth Savill .... special thanks
Michael Saxton .... special thanks
Adrian Scrope .... special thanks
Tom Smit .... special thanks
Bertrand Tavernier .... special thanks
Ralph Thomas .... special thanks
James H. Ware .... special thanks (as James Ware)
Nick Wechsler .... special thanks (as Nick Weschler)

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Rated R for some violence
112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Continuity: There is more cheese in the second quick shot of the mice eating cheese, than in the first.See more »
Bobby Platt:It's funny. I can see my old self quite clearly. Remembering how I felt is much, much harder. Sometimes feelings come back to me when I'm digging, or in a dream. But mostly he's gone, that earlier me, who could hardly do anything, or even think anything. I mean I could read a bit, I could write a bit. I could talk... but I hardly ever did.See more »
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References Watership Down (1978)See more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Excellent acting, but soft on story line, 16 October 2006
Author: sigsrfun from United States

It seems that most child actors don't transition well as they mature. They either end up with childish physical features or an acting style that suffers from an inability to evolve past the primitive roles they had in their youth. Then there's Christian Bale. From Empire of the Sun to American Psycho he has displayed a competent transition into adulthood and has made a fan out of me. And unlike female fans, guys who like Christian Bale, nine times out of ten, are not transfixed on the shower scene in AP.

All the Little Animals is yet another competent performance, and not only from Christian, but for the impeccable John Hurt and the terrifying Daniel Benzali. Christian Bale plays Bobby Platt, a twenty-four year old man child. He tells us that when he was younger he was hit by a car and has never been the same since. Bobby is very emotionally fragile and slightly simple minded, though not to the degree of a virtual on screen degenerate. This is the key to his performance. Most actors playing the role of the mentally handicapped overplay the affliction thus making their characters completely incapable of functioning in society, a la Rainman. Christian's Bobby Platt is 95% normal, like any other person, but when stressed he starts to cry, more like a 10 year old child than a 24 year old man. Coupled with the fact that he is relatively simple and not capable of expressing himself as well as he otherwise would, he ends up being victimized by his step father (played perfectly by Daniel Benzali), whom Bobby refers to as "the Fat." Benzali's character is a sadist who suffocates Bobby's pet mouse in order to get Bobby to sign legal documents which Bobby is clearly not capable of understanding. Bobby has enough intelligence to refuse to sign anything and out of fear of the Fat's threat that he will be institutionalized he runs away from home.

Bobby eventually comes across Mr. Sommers (John Hurt) who is an eccentric recluse who goes around Englands small country roads burying animals that have been crushed by motorists. Bobby begs Mr. Sommers to let him live with him and Mr. Sommers reluctantly agrees.

As the story unfolds, Bobby becomes comfortable enough with Mr. Sommers to reveal his secret (that he has run away) and Mr. Sommers likewise tells him of his own, strangely similar past which I will not reveal. Realizing that running away from the Fat is not a solution to Bobby's problems, Mr. Sommers convinces Bobby to return to the Fat, sign the legal documents and then live with Mr. Sommers without any more fear of his stepfather. However, Mr. Sommers is a bit naive about dealing with the Fat who reveals in the last 20 minutes of film just why he may very well be one of the most evil stepfathers of all time.

The ending is unfortunately predictable and unnecessarily long. Also, far too much of the film focuses on Mr. Sommers curious "work" of burying road kill. This would not be so bad had there been more of a story line. Also, this film propounds a simplistic moral message about life being precious. Yet the ending completely undermines this moral absolute.

This film is plot driven, and not a character study, and therefore the good performances are not enough to make this film worthy of greater praise. If not for the powerful acting this film would be merely mediocre.

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