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All Creatures Great and Small (1975)

The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.

Director:

Claude Whatham

Writers:

Hugh Whitemore (screenplay), James Herriot (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Bruce ... Miss Harbottle
Christine Buckley Christine Buckley ... Mrs. Hall
John Collin John Collin ... Mr. Alderson
Jane Collins Jane Collins ... Connie
Fred Feast ... Farmer In Cinema
Glynne Geldart Glynne Geldart ... Joyce
Harold Goodwin ... Dinsdale's Uncle
Lisa Harrow ... Helen
Anthony Hopkins ... Siegfried
Freddie Jones ... Cranford
Doreen Mantle ... Mrs. Seaton
T.P. McKenna ... Soames
John Nettleton ... Head Waiter
Daphne Oxenford Daphne Oxenford ... Mrs. Pumphrey
Bert Palmer Bert Palmer ... Mr. Dean (as Burt Palmer)
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The story of a young veterinarian's apprenticeship to a somewhat eccentric older vet in the English countryside, and the young man's hesitating courtship of the daughter of a local farmer.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: All Creatures Great and Small (#24.3) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although born in Sunderland, England, James Herriot spent the first twenty-three years of his life in Glasgow, Scotland, and never lost the accent, as can be heard in television interviews. Simon Ward however, plays him as a Londoner. See more »

Goofs

During the "Lambeth Walk" dancehall sequence, several men can be seen sitting at tables in the background wearing jeans, t-shirts and with long hair. The film is set in 1937. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[James Herriot rings the doorbell]
Mrs. Hall: [opening door] Yes?
James Herriot: [removing his hat] Good afternoon, my name's Herriot.
[pause]
James Herriot: ...Well, I belive Mr. Farnon is expecting me.
Mrs. Hall: Surgery is from six to seven.
James Herriot: Oh no, no, he asked me for tea.
Mrs. Hall: Did he now?
James Herriot: Well, I'm applying for the job, you see. Mr. Farnon's new assistant.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: YORKSHIRE 1937 See more »

Connections

Remade as All Creatures Great and Small (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lambeth Walk
(uncredited)
Music by Noel Gay
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
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Superb, if a bit on the short side
31 December 2010 | by nowegoSee all my reviews

Being a fan of the series I found a copy of this extremely difficult to find film while I was watching the series and was very happy that I was able to watch it.

I would have liked to see is that it was a bit longer and covered a bit more of the life of James Harriot. A very young Anthony Hopkins was superb as Siegfried and Simon Ward and Lisa Harrow as James and Helen made the movie very entertaining. I would have loved to see Simon Ward as James in the series, nothing against Christopher Timothy.

The series features Tristan much more than the movie and this would be the only drawback I could find about it. Tristan is one of my favourite characters in the series.


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