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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
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Shecker
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Goodenow
Robert Jayson Kramer ...
Lally 1 (as Bob Kramer)
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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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Comedy | Drama

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30 July 1971 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Denkt bloß nicht, daß wir heulen  »

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1.85 : 1
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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

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?
Cotton's Mother: [turns away from him back to her vanity table mirror] I'm listening.
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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Connections

Referenced in My Husband, the Producer (1974) See more »

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Bless the Beasts and Children
Performed by The Carpenters
Written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.
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A diverse group of teenage boys struggling to find their identities
11 March 2004 | by (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in our school auditorium, as a high school classroom requirement back in the 1980's. I remember the girls crying, while a few of my male classmates sat quietly; perhaps being able to quickly identify themselves to one or more of the characters. The movie may not have interpreted the true spirit of the book, but I do think Stanley Kramer did as best a job he could in evoking both the struggles of male adolescence and the cultural patterns of the American family in the 1970's. There were many sobering messages despite the redundant metaphors throughout the film. Now, I am more interested in the "Where Are They Now" aspect of the film when I recently came across this title. I've found very little information on any of the main characters, with the exception of Bill Mummy. Also was saddened to hear about the death of Barry Robins (Cotton) back in 1986.


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