January 2, 2017


All Creatures Great and Small – 1974 | 92 mins | Drama | Colour

Plot Synopsis

All Creatures Great and Small

Enjoyable comedy-drama based on the novels of James Herriot, and chronicling the everyday experiences of a country vet in Yorkshire between the wars. A sequel, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet, was produced in 1975, and the books later found a natural home in the long-running BBC TV series. Inevitably episodic, and fairly sentimental, there�s a warm-hearted performances by Simon Ward, but the acting honours are wholly stolen by Anthony Hopkins who makes this inconsequential film entirely his own.

1937, Newly-qualified veterinarian James Herriot (Simon Ward) travels to Yorkshire to apply for the post of assistant in Siegfried Farnon�s (Anthony Hopkins) practice. He soon learns the facts of country life but struggles to overcome the prejudices of the Darrowby locals who are sceptical of the novice vets ability. The film’s highlights are the strenuous delivery of a newborn foal and Herriot�s fraught encounter with the colourful Mr Cranford (Freddie Jones); its most poignant moment is the putting to sleep of a seriously ill dog. In between “cases,” Herriot courts pretty farmer’s daughter Helen (Lisa Harrow).

Production Team

Claude Whatham: Director
Peter Suschitzky: Cinematography
Yvonne Blake: Costume Design
Ralph Sheldon: Film Editing
Ronnie Cogan: Makeup Department
Alan Brownie: Makeup Department
Wilfred Josephs: Original Music
David Susskind: Producer
Duane Bogie: Producer
Geoffrey Drake: Production Design
Hugh Whitemore: Script
Ken Barker: Sound Department
John Poyner: Sound Department
Clive Smith: Sound Department
Graham V Hartstone: Sound Department
Tony Jackson: Sound Department


Anthony Hopkins: Siegfried Farnon
Simon Ward: James Herriot
Lisa Harrow: Helen Alderson
Brian Stirner: Tristan Farnon
Brenda Bruce: Miss Harbottle
Christine Buckley: Mrs Hall

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