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All Creatures Great and Small

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Before Quasimodo, Richard Nixon, and Hannibal Lecter, one of Sir Anthony Hopkins's most memorable roles was in 1974: Dr. Siegfried Farnon, the eccentric Yorkshire veterinarian in the British movie "All Creatures Great and Small." Available at last on video and DVD, this rich period film gives you a rare opportunity to see Hopkins in one of his early triumphs. Simon Ward co-stars as a youthful James Herriot in his days as apprentice to Dr. Farnon. 1974, 94 min.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Lisa Harrow, Anthony Hopkins, Brian Stirner, Simon Ward
  • Directors: Claude Whatham
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y6AF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All Creatures Great and Small" on IMDb

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on September 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
After watching the series on PBS, I was not sure if I would like the sudden switch of characters, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found that the acting was perfectly done and the emotions and struggles experienced by the characters were captivating. Immediately, I was drawn in to the story as the actors unveiled the identities of the characters I had come to know and understand through reading the Herriot stories.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on April 6, 2002
Format: DVD
To criticize this delightful film by comparing it to the beloved television series is fairly silly, since the series had the time and scope to flesh out the characters and allow them to develop in a way a single film cannot. The film version, admittedly compressing a leisurely and anecdotal book into a two-hour overview, nevertheless does a terrific job of capturing the pace and character of these amiable vets and their clients and the scenic Yorkshire countryside that made the books so appealing. The cast is altogether excellent. The television series, which comes out on DVD in May 2002, is not to be missed. This film is likewise pleasurable viewing.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Anthony Brenton on November 8, 2001
Format: DVD
This television movie based on the best selling autobiography of country veterinarian James Herriot came before the popular BBC television series. Simon Ward, Anthony Hopkins and Lisa Harrow star in this charming little tale about the new vet who moves a to Yorkshire farming community in the 1930's. Along the way he not only wins his neighbors over but also finds romance. Directed by Claude Whatham, this 1974 film does not have the depth of the television series, but you can clearly see why people would want more of the same on a more regular basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Lewis on February 15, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I absolutely love the James Herriot books but didn't care for the movie at all. Most of what makes the stories so good is his thoughts & reactions to what is going on or what he is seeing. He totally loves the couontryside & describes it beautifully. The movie may pan a shot but if you don't know how he feels about it it doesn't matter. You also don't get to know what he is thinking about the animals, the people or the crazy situations he finds himself in. I was totally disappointed because his books are among my best loved. If you want the true All Creatures Great & Small exoperience, read the books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Bagula on February 24, 2009
Format: DVD
This film seems to be a British classic that give rise to a famous BBC series. I liked it as being a realistic film about the life of a British country vet in pre-WWII Great Britain.
The acting is first rate and the script is well done.
I think that the novel may have been just as good
to have been so well represented here.
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By Tom Gregg on June 13, 2015
Format: DVD
Opening scene: rural Britain 1937, and with all the dairy and sheep farms and small country estates amid the green rolling hills, it's a world away from London. It's also the first day on the job for newly hired veterinarian junior partner Simon Ward/James Herriot. He's there to work alongside moderately eccentric Siegfried Farnon/Anthony Hopkins, and as time passes you follow young James tending the health of the local cows, calves, horses, pigs and dogs, patching up some and putting down a few unfortunate others. He meets local farm girl Helen Alderson/Lisa Harrow through his job, discreetly romances her, is ultimately promoted to co-partner by Farnon. And he loves everything about the total experience.

Which is more positive than many potential viewers might feel, examining such a sedate executive summary. That's IT? Yeah, pretty much. You can scarcely refer to a plot here really; it's more of an episodic character study of some standup albeit fairly bland people. But for those nights when maybe you're just not up for another gob of steamy love scenes and/or cartwheeling fireball car chases, "Creatures" will serve nicely. You bring the proper mellow mindset, and this low-key. quiet, gentle country tale won't disappoint.
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21 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David Kiley on March 6, 2002
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I love the series, and only caught up to this British film after seeing all the available TV shows on video. The casting was fine, though the series actors are much better. My problem with this film are these: It is almost word for word from the first two episodes of the Series. Also...I don't think it was such a hot idea to make a film, as it only added up to a few stories told episodically. There was no single story line to sustain a film. It ends with James and Helen getting married and James seeing his nameplate on the door.
Hopkins was a very capable Farnon, though, Hardy is better. And Simon Ward was adequate. I love the books and Series, but I may sell this video at auction.
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I truly enjoyed this movie adaptation of the Herriott novel. Anthony Hopkins is one of my favorite actors, and his performance here does not disappoint. One cannot help but get caught up in the story, the characters, and the beautiful English countryside. I had purchased the DVD for my partner, an avid animal lover, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. If you, too, love animals, this movie is a keeper!
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