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Bless the Beasts & Children (1971)

A group of social misfits at a summer camp.for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lawrence Teft
Barry Robins ...
Cotton
Miles Chapin ...
Shecker
Darel Glaser ...
Goodenow
Robert Jayson Kramer ...
Lally 1 (as Bob Kramer)
Marc Vahanian ...
Lally II
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Sid Shecker
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Wheaties
David Ketchum ...
Camp Director (as Dave Ketchum)
Elaine Devry ...
Cotton's Mother
Wayne Sutherlin ...
Hustler
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Hustler
William Bramley ...
Mr. Goodenow
Vanessa Brown ...
Mrs. Goodenow
Charles H. Gray ...
Captain Cotton
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A group of social misfits at a summer camp.for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter. Written by JD-2 <Badge19@hotmail.com>

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Don't let the title fool you. This is no gentle kiddie movie. "Bless the Beasts" has the same fresh, gutsy honesty and feeling as "Billy Jack". It's about six misfit boys from broken homes, shunted off to a western summer camp where they're laughed at and called 'the bedwetters". So they steal a truck and run away to keep some sadistic adults from slaughtering wild animals. "Bless the Beasts" is an offbeat film with warmth and haunting music by The Carpenters. See more »

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30 July 1971 (West Germany)  »

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... und sie sind nur Kinder  »

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Film debut of Barry Robins. Also marks as his only theatrical film. See more »

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Near the end, after the buffalo are set free, the boys throw their arms around one another in a circle and spin. When the shot moves from wide to close up, the boys are in a different order in the circle. See more »

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Doctor: Steve, I want you to tell me exactly what you think of Billy.
Lally 1: I hate him. He stinks, he's a pest. My parents give him everything he wants because they think he's so goddamn cute. He and his security pillow. He's the favorite all the time. If I touch him just once, wham! I get it. I wish he was dead. I'd cut him up, dig a hole, put the pieces in, let the worms eat him up and I'd never have to see him again. Then I'd stop banging my head against the wall!
Doctor: That makes sense.
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I cried
22 October 2003 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I read the book when I was just 12 years old. I loved it. Then I saw the movie...and loved the movie just as much. This is NOT your standard coming-of-age movie. Anyone who claims otherwise is full of buffalo doo (!) because there is no comparison here. As for statements that troubled kids aren't tender-hearted when it comes to animals, again, buffalo chips! This movie is dead-on when it comes to adolescent worry and the way that young people (and older folks too) treat one another. Swarthout has it right.

I have just now re-read the book and am dying to see the movie again. It's been at least 15 years or more (probably closer to 20) so everything is fresh again. Ironically for me, I now live just down the road from Prescott and Jerome and Flagstaff. All those locations from the movie and from the book are right down the road.


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