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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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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 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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References Watership Down (1978) See more »

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Moving Film About Wandering Souls.
21 August 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Christian Bale stars as Bobby Platt, an innocent young man that doesn't fit in so well with society(I sympathize greatly!) who is forced to take to the highways and roads of Cornwall, England after his mother dies, and his evil sociopath of a stepfather decides to put him away to gain full control of the family business.

Bobby is viewed as mentally challenged, but really that is a misunderstanding of this poor innocent person, who loves nature, and after befriending fellow wanderer Mister Summers(played with quiet dignity by John Hurt) decides to help him bury dead animals killed by cars along the road. Mr. Summers has a secret past that keeps him a recluse, but they form a close friendship that becomes threatened by the return of the stepfather...

Christian Bale is entirely believable, and his journey of self-discovery is remarkable. Story does have a jarring change of tone in the climax, but this is not enough to mar this otherwise memorable film that like-minded viewers will appreciate.


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