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All Creatures Great and Small

4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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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  • 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: #151,865 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All Creatures Great and Small" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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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I had been looking for this TV Movie for my sister and was so happy to find it at such a reasonable price. Thank you for the fast delivery. The case and cover are fine and the video plays great. Hope my sister will enjoy it also.
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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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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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