A group of social misfits band together and run away from summer camp. Along the way, they take up a crusade to save penned in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter.

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Cast

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 band together and run away from summer camp. Along the way, they take up a crusade to save penned in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter. Written by JD-2 <Badge19@hotmail.com>

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Only one animal kills just for the sport of it... Guess which... 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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When Shecker arrives at the camp with his father in a flashback scene the other boys, including Goodenow,are all standing near each other.Which implies Goodenow is already with the guys in their cabin. But in another flashback scene Cotton brings Goodenow into their cabin saying he will be staying with them in the cabin and introduces them to the other guys including Shecker who is already there, but according to the earlier flashback scene should not be. 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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One of the best films ever made.
28 December 1999 | by (Miami, Florida USA) – See all my reviews

Bless the beasts and the children is in a nutshell, a masterpiece. The movie cleverly develops each character brilliantly. Anyone who has ever felt like the odd man out can make an emotional connection to the plight of the characters. Director Stanley Kramer does of great job of showing the parity between the teenagers and the Buffalo. Its a movie about freedom, growing up, and most importantly, its about the beauty of innocence.


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