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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

In the book, Herriot (Simon Ward) is vindicated by the autopsy on the cow's heart, but Cranford (Freddie Jones) complains that Herriot doesn't know the technical term for the congestion, and still doesn't know what he's doing. See more »

Goofs

When James and Helen are eating ice cream in Whitby, ice cream is clearly visible on James's top lip. After he has turned round, all traces of ice cream have vanished. 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

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Alice Blue Gown
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Tierney
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Not As Good As The TV Show
12 April 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

This film version of James Herriot`s series of novels isn`t much cop compared to the television show of the same . This movie is the prior piece but there`s nothing very memorable about . The plot is more or less composed of " Will young James get married to his girlfriend or not ? " , hardly the most original or compelling premise for a movie , and we`re treated to little in the way of these blackly comical scenes of animals and their owners having mishaps that made the TV show enjoyable . Perhaps the worst problem is that Tristan ( Played by boyish mischief in the show by Peter Davison ) is more or less a peripheral character in this movie

The cast are passable ( Simon West was rather famous when this was produced while Anthony Hopkins was almost totally unknown ) but they seem to lack the flair that Christopher Timothy , Robert Hardy and Peter Davison brought to the long running series


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