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The Nature of the Beast (1988)

A boy reads about the attacks of a unknown animal on livestock in the town. He plans to run his own investigation. The so called beast however is also used as a metaphor for every day problems the townsfolk face.

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Credited cast:
Lynton Dearden ...
Bill Coward
Paul Simpson ...
Mick Dalton
Tony Melody ...
Chunder
Freddie Fletcher ...
Ned Coward
Dave Hill ...
Oggy
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Mrs. Dalton
David Fleeshman ...
Jim Dalton
Willie Ross ...
Danny
George Malpas ...
Bill Howgill
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Big Man
Jonathan Parkinson ...
Hargreaves
Julian Walsh ...
Tinker
Simon Molloy ...
Mr. Arkwright
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A boy reads about the attacks of a unknown animal on livestock in the town. He plans to run his own investigation. The so called beast however is also used as a metaphor for every day problems the townsfolk face.

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20 February 1988 (West Germany)  »

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Pedon kasvot  »

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Filmed in and around Accrington, Lancashire in the UK, Lynton Dearden was selected for the lead role after auditions of local schoolchildren. See more »

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White Sand, Blue Water
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Music by Mitchell Dalton and Graham de Wilde
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Social drama with a lot of suspense
17 January 2013 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

I agree with the other reviewer that says the beast is unemployment. Yes, this is what this movie is about, make you wonder who the beast is, and the savage animal's action is shown in parallel with the closing of the mill and the subsequent workers' pickets. Between the killing of the animals and the lack of opportunities for employees, it's no surprise new beasts could be born any day. But the movie wouldn't be so absorbing if it wasn't for the way the atmosphere is created, by compelling music and by filming those vast landscapes as in a fairy tale, with fog and darkness and creepy sounds that add a lot of suspense. I would watch it just for that, alone; now add really good actors giving convincing performances, realistic and fresh. Surely worth seeing, just for that.


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