Bobby (Christian Bale) runs away from home to escape his violent stepfather. He’s taken in by a reclusive older man (John Hurt) until the two of them must confront Bobby’s stepfather. Christian Bale is a standout in this dark moral fable.

All the Little Animals

Action & Adventure | Drama | Thriller | 1999


Christian Bale, John Hurt, Daniel Benzali


The story centers on an emotionally challenged man named Bobby (Christian Bale). He runs away from home in order to escape his abusive stepfather (Daniel Benzali), nicknamed “The Fat”, who had killed Bobby’s pet mouse and, as Bobby puts it, screamed at his mother until she died as a result. He finds himself in woodlands near Cornwall in England, eventually meeting an old man after being involved in a car accident (John Hurt). Mr. Summers, as the man calls himself, spends his time traveling and giving burials to animals that have been killed by cars, a task he refers to as “The Work”. Bobby, also having an affinity for animals, becomes friends with the old man and aids him in his task. Eventually, the pair return to London to confront “The Fat”.


Jeremy Thomas


Jeremy Thomas