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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

Re-staged from 4-2-75 (eps 24.3) See more »

Goofs

Tricki Woo invites Mr Herriot to a garden party to be held on 5 August, but the film is set in 1937 which would make that a Thursday, a most unlikely day for a garden party. 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

The Twelve Days of Christmas
(uncredited)
Traditional, arranged by Frederic Austin
[Incorrectly credited as written by Frederic Austin]
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A Great 70s Classic.
8 March 2002 | by missrljaneSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, at great surprise. I would not recommend it to fans of the action genre but everyone else should take a look, especially animal lovers, don't think for a second you need to have read Herriot's book. The actors themselves provide all the entertainment with their dialogue (except the bits with the animals and farmers). It is actually an emotional film and makes you involved with the characters. A word of warning, since it covers a significant amount of time without making it that clear don't leave the room. I haven't made this film sound as good as it is but believe me it's great. Simon Ward and Brian Stirner are very good as James Herriot and Tristan respectively but Anthony Hopkins steals every scene he's in (as always) as Siegfried, who constantly confuses Herriot by changing what he said the night before and manages to insult all the women. The scene where he is chatting up his girlfriend is a classic example of how NVC can be better than actually saying something. So long as you know what you are expecting this film is excellent.

A great British classic, watch it.


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