I would have loved to see Simon Ward as James in the series, nothing against Christopher Timothy. I would recommend the books, and the series, but this is an enjoyable movie non the less. James Herriot Simon Ward is a young and enthusiastic veterinarian who finds a post working as assistant to the more experienced Siegfried Farnon Anthony Hopkins in Yorkshire, England. This movie never reaches the level of the series which were started after, because of? His first film appearance was an uncredited role as one of the sociopathic students in 1968. During a break, he recalled, Mr.
This was a light-hearted, sometimes moving, quaint little period piece. A word of warning, since it covers a significant amount of time without making it that clear don't leave the room. Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is terrific as the dedicated, exasperating Dr. Pumphrey is here with her pampered lap dog, Tricky Woo. It's always nerve-wracking playing a real person particularly if that real person is still alive and comes and sits on set watching you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, at great surprise. The actors themselves provide all the entertainment with their dialogue except the bits with the animals and farmers. It also makes you smile at the way his mentor Siegfried borders on the cantankerous yet with a mischievous side whilst his younger brother Tristan is a little bit too easy going. He played an unethical pharmacist in one and a serial killer in the other. Very pure, and very enjoyable.
Berksire Life and Buckinghamshire Life. London-born had pretty fair idea of what he wanted to do with his life from an early age. Some of them are not happy with the young and inexperienced upstart. This film is likewise pleasurable viewing. Despite his training, Herriot quickly finds that he still has much to learn about both the duties of a vet and the mores of country life. It is an episodic film and condensed. A great British classic, watch it.
He joined the National Youth Theater at 13 and later trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he met and shared a room with Mr. Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he made his professional stage debut with the Northhampton Repertory in 1963 and his London theatrical bow one year later in The 4th of June. Like the series, the movie is a must for animal lovers. Everybody seemed to want to talk about Dresden. Although Herriot was the most charming wonderful man who I really adored and kept in touch with till he died.
The cast is altogether excellent. Droll British humor and authentic period detail cap off a thoroughly satisfying production. But having said that Anthony Hopkins is great as Siegfried Farnon, delivering that mix of being self righteous and mischievous with plenty of sly moments of humour whilst Simon Ward leads the movie nicely as James Herriot, allowing us to warm to this man who feels so at home in Yorkshire. A sequel, somewhat confusingly titled although it actually covers the two following novels, Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vet in Harness, was released in 1976. Allowing the viewer to see the hard work that vets do in a mostly matter of fact manner, Whatham wonderfully brushes up the late 30's setting,lit by the cosy lack of modern machines which give the movie a fairy tale way of life.
It is the first of a based on Herriot's work. A very young Anthony Hopkins was superb as Siegfried and Simon Ward and Lisa Harrow as James and Helen made the movie very entertaining. In 1975, he starred with Mr. Some of the characters are underused. . Watch out for a cameo by the author himself! Neither did I want to be regarded as an expert. The book is a collection of stories about Herriot's beginning years as an assistant vet, and the movie is basically the same.
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. 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. Joined by the charming Simon Ward as Herriot, Anthony Hopkins steals every scene he is in as the pipe smoking Farnon,thanks to Hopkins giving Farnon an excellent manner at home with the simple things in life,as the vets help all creatures,great and small. Being a fan of the series I found a copy of this extremely difficult to find film while I was watching the series and was very happy that I was able to watch it. To put it simply each of these episodes bring a smile to your face because even those which have more dramatic elements still deliver moments of subtle comedy. New York Times 4 Feb 1975: 67.