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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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Lawrence Teft
Barry Robins ...
Cotton
Miles Chapin ...
Shecker
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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)
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Cotton's Mother
Wayne Sutherlin ...
Hustler
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Hustler
William Bramley ...
Mr. Goodenow
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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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Who were the misfits? The men who killed for sport... ...or those who fought for the buffalo! See more »

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30 July 1971 (West Germany)  »

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... und sie sind nur Kinder  »

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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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Cotton: I'm almost sixteen; try gooping that over. In one year, I'll be seventeen. You know what I'm gonna do on my seventeenth birthday?
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Cotton: Join the Marines. You can, you know, if your parents sign the papers. Dad will.
Cotton's Mother: [making up her face] And I won't, of course.
Cotton: And you *will*, of course! Because if you don't, you know what I';m gonna do? I'm gonna make a big sign and march up and down in front of the Bay Yacht Club.
[she freezes]
Cotton: "My ...
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A seminal experience for a movie loving teenager
23 February 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

The recent passing of another of the 'great' directors prompted me to look back at Stanley Kramer's career. And that lead me to reflect upon my teenage experience of sitting in one of Melbourne's grand old picture houses one Saturday afternoon and viewing this movie for the first of what has now been many times.

Perhaps it was my age at the time, or my love of the outdoors, or my regular weekend hikes, or my love of animals... whatever it was, that 2 hours looking at the enormous screen was one I can recall with vivid clarity even 30 years on.

I remember how awesome the cinematography was it captured the beauty of the environment in those scenes where the misfit teenagers headed out across the plains to rescue the bison.

The music also evoked the essence of the outdoors for me. For many years after whenever I came up over a hill in the forest the Carpenters' music seemed to play in my head. It is just a shame that someone let the theme be [mis] appropriated to other less noble ends.

I have shown this movie to many teenage groups in the years since it opened. Although time has certainly moved on and much, especially the dress and manners has changed I have rarely found any teenager who has not been able to identify with the movie and the themes it seeks to explore.

Stanley Kramer made some wonderful, no some great movies. And while this may not rank as his greatest, for me it was and 'is' great as it allows this writer to revisit his teen years and relive a truly memorable period of his life.


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