All Creatures Great and Small (1974)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Rural Drama  |   Release Date - May 9, 1975 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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This feature-length dramatization of James Herriot's best-seller was issued by EMI as a big-screen theatrical release in England, but debuted on NBC as a telemovie in the United States, February 4, 1975. It stars Simon Ward as Herriot in his early days as a veterinarian. The story picks up in 1937, with Herriot's first assignment as assistant to eccentric Yorkshire vet Siegfried Farnon (Anthony Hopkins). The film's highlight is the strenuous delivery of a newborn colt; its most poignant moment is the mercy killing of a seriously ill dog. In between "cases," Herriot courts pretty farmer's daughter Helen (Lisa Farrow). The film eventually spawned a television series.

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animal, slice-of-life, veterinarian, Britain, rurality