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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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Barry Robins ...
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Robert Jayson Kramer ...
Lally 1 (as Bob Kramer)
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David Ketchum ...
Camp Director (as Dave Ketchum)
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Wayne Sutherlin ...
Hustler
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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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Only one animal kills just for the sport of it... Guess which... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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30 July 1971 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Denkt bloß nicht, daß wir heulen  »

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Trivia

Based on the 1970 novel "Bless the Beasts and the Children" by Glendon Swarthout. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Goodenow: I think I'm going to like it here. The other cabins, everybody was so normal.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocketship X-M (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Down the Line
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Written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.
Performed by Barry De Vorzon
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A minor classic...
30 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was released in 1971 (when I was eight) and it made quite an impression on me. Some really nice acting, great music, and an interesting (yet simple) story. It's amazing how it has stayed with me all these years. But meaningful films tend to do that. I was lucky enough to see this film again tonight. Though I viewed the film through 42 year-old eyes, it still had an impact. I was saddened to hear that Barry Robins (who played "Cotton") passed away in 1986. He was quite an amazing actor. (It's interesting to note that Robins, who played a 16 year-old, was 26 when the film was made!) He reminded me of Sal Mineo, another fine actor who left us far too soon. Anyway, I just wanted to comment on this fine little gem of a film. If you get a chance to rent it, I hope you will...and enjoy.


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