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Bobby Platt is a mentally slow young man who escapes an abusive, hateful stepfather who has killed his pets one by one. To save himself, Bobby runs away and meets a strange old man who ... See full summary »

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Jeremy Thomas

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Eski Thomas (screenplay), Walker Hamilton (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Mr. Summers
Christian Bale ... Bobby Platt
Daniel Benzali ... Bernard 'The Fat' De Winter
James Faulkner ... Mr. Stuart Whiteside
John O'Toole John O'Toole ... Lorry Driver
Amanda Boyle Amanda Boyle ... Des
Amy Robbins Amy Robbins ... Valerie Ann Platt, Bobby's Mother
John Higgins John Higgins ... Dean
Kaye Griffiths Kaye Griffiths ... Lepidopterist
Sevilla Delofski Sevilla Delofski ... Janet, De Winter's Secretary
Helen Kluger Helen Kluger ... Icecream Vendor
Shane Barks Shane Barks ... Young Bobby
Sjoerd Broeks Sjoerd Broeks ... Mark
Elizabeth Earl Elizabeth Earl ... Child in Van
Andrew Dixon Andrew Dixon ... Philip
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Storyline

Bobby Platt is a mentally slow young man who escapes an abusive, hateful stepfather who has killed his pets one by one. To save himself, Bobby runs away and meets a strange old man who wanders the highways to bury roadkill animals. Bobby becomes the old man's apprentice and learns to see the world of nature in a strange idyllic way. But soon the shadow of his stepfather catches up to him and Bobby's world explodes into a grotesque nightmare. Written by Harrison <cbale@interlog.com>

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Taglines:

Of All the Animals, The Cruelest is Man. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Biedne zwierzaki See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,888, 5 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,558, 19 September 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Reeves, whose Witchfinder General (1968) was a critical success, had planned to film this in 1969, with Arthur Lowe starring. See more »

Goofs

There is more cheese in the second quick shot of the mice eating cheese, than in the first. See more »

Quotes

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.
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Connections

References Watership Down (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sound of Someone You Love
A Composition from The Penguin Cafe
Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Geoffrey Richardson, Ian Maidman and Steve Fletcher
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Great performances
16 September 2001 | by JesNollieSee all my reviews

This is a quirky movie full of wonderful rich and moving performances. Christian Bale is, as always, magnificent as the slightly brain damaged Bobby. Unable to stand up to his sadistic step father he runs away and meets Mr. Summers, one of the most odd movie characters I've seen some time. A man who has dedicated his life to burying roadkill, played to perfection by John Hurt. Bobby is happy living with Mr. Summers and helping in "his work". But when Mr. Summers convinces Bobby to go home and break all ties with his step-father forever they find out just how evil this man really is. It's really quite a good film.


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