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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)
Elaine Devry ...
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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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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Based on the 1970 novel "Bless the Beasts and the Children" by Glendon Swarthout. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Wheaties: Jesus Christ, you kids want to go blind? Now cut that out and go to sleep!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocketship X-M (1990) See more »

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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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Forgotten Masterwork from Stanley Kramer
6 August 2002 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

Yes...a masterwork. I don't throw that term around carelessly. But it is so much more than what meets the eye.

I saw this at 15, alone, one Saturday afternoon in a dark movie theater and my life was transformed. This is a coming-of-age movie that more people should watch at that turning point of their lives.

I know it gave me the feeling for the first time, that I wasn't alone feeling geeky, weird, and a stranger to the world. We can probably all relate to at least one of the archetypes Kramer used to tell this story. And that's a good thing, because it made me feel for the first time, that I was OK..that I did belong...that we all had something to contribute.

But it's not just about teen angst, it's about finding a place, a reason and a purpose to live for and finding the strength to follow through in the face of all adversity.

Much praise should be extended to the acting which was natural and never seemed forced....and of course, the music.

The Botkin/de Vorzon score (which went on to famous and infamous heights as 'Nadia's theme' and then the theme to 'The Young and The Restless'). The score highlighted with the Carpenters and Billy Mumy's song in the forest.

Highly Recommended.


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