Bless the Beasts & Children (1971)

GP  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  30 July 1971 (West Germany)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Teft
Barry Robins ...
Miles Chapin ...
Darel Glaser ...
Robert Jayson Kramer ...
Lally 1 (as Bob Kramer)
Marc Vahanian ...
Lally II
Sid Shecker
David Ketchum ...
Camp Director (as Dave Ketchum)
Elaine Devry ...
Cotton's Mother
Wayne Sutherlin ...
William Bramley ...
Mr. Goodenow
Vanessa Brown ...
Mrs. Goodenow
Charles H. Gray ...
Captain Cotton


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

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 »


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 »


Goodenow: I think I'm going to like it here. The other cabins, everybody was so normal.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) See more »


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Get "Bless the Beasts & Children" to DVD!!!
25 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like so many others, I saw this movie in school. I was in the 7th grade and a "dink" like the Bedwetters. I was also in the closet and wouldn't come out for another 20 years but I was already being called, "fairy" like Goodenow and the others in the Bedwetters' cabin. I connected so well with this movie when I saw it that it will ALWAYS be at the top of my favorites list.

Most favorites aren't usually the best that cinema has to offer but ones that strike a special chord in one's life. It helped that the Carpenters were my favorite music group at the time (still are) and "Lost in Space" had been my favorite TV show as a kid and now there was an older "Will Robinson" in this movie (doing a very good non-Will performance).

I have a very poor VHS copy of this movie recorded from a late-night TV showing back in the late 80's. I am holding on to that copy until (hopefully someday soon) the DVD version is released (and hopefully again) with lots of special features.

I am waiting to show my partner this movie on DVD because I want him to know more about who I was (and am) by seeing probably the most important movie of my adolescence.

Re: Actors' real ages. Who cares, adults have been playing teens in movies and TV since the beginning of cinema and still do. If they can pull it off, who cares.


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