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Bobby Platt (Christian Bale) 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... 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 (Christian Bale) 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 (Sir John Hurt) 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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On this earth, in this land, We are all here for a reason. 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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Did You Know?

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: I love animals!
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Soundtracks

Madama Butterfly
Written by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
Used with permission
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great!
8 July 2002 | by DorsiaResSee all my reviews

i was expecting this to be an awful movie but it sounded interesting so i watched it anyway. i was pleasantly surprised and never bored... i thought the acting was excellent, christian bale and john hurt are great in their roles. the thing i like about bale's character is the fact that he's not overtly "mentally disabled" but instead, it's very subtle.

i thought that the love and respect for animals that they both shared was beautiful and the people that REALLY need to see this movie are ones that feel they're superior to animals. no, we never get close to the animals themselves but we can still feel for them. i don't think there's anything ridiculous about mr. summers wanting to bury roadkill, afterall - would you leave a PERSON out in the open after they'd been killed for all to see? no, and even though mr. summers doesn't care for humans much, we can still see he's a caring person on the inside. he respects life and is upset with humans for thinking that they're the only ones that matter.

i can't believe people bash this movie, i didn't find ANYTHING wrong with it!


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