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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

Writers:

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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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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Trivia

Michael Reeves, whose The Conquerer Worm (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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Soundtracks

Perpetuum Mobile
A Composition from The Penguin Cafe
Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Geoffrey Richardson, Ian Maidman and Steve Fletcher
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moving beyond words; you'll never forget it.
21 September 2000 | by moggy-4See all my reviews

Read Roger Ebert's review for plot description and more. He says it far better than I ever could. I can't believe some of the user comments that didn't like it. If I were a filmaker, this is the film I would want to be known for.

It is definitely not a children's film. Nor is it a "tearjerker" inthe way,say Bambi or The Yearling were; not that they weren't good. It's more about good vs. evil; and more than that. It's for people who think; who want to see more than car chases and Hollywood cliches. See it. You'll never forget it.


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