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Bless the Beasts & Children -- Director Stanley Kramer brings to the screen the important story of six wealthy misfits who, while attending a summer riding camp, set out to free a herd of buffalo scheduled to be shot the next day. They see some of the animals slain and are determined to save the remaining buffalo herd from possible extinction.


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Glendon Swarthout (novel)
Mac Benoff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 July 1971 (West Germany) See more »
Who were the misfits? The men who killed for sport... ...or those who fought for the buffalo! See more »
A group of social misfits at a summer camp.for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A diverse group of teenage boys struggling to find their identities See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bill Mumy ... Lawrence Teft
Barry Robins ... Cotton
Miles Chapin ... Shecker
Darel Glaser ... Goodenow
Robert Jayson Kramer ... Lally 1 (as Bob Kramer)
Marc Vahanian ... Lally II

Jesse White ... Sid Shecker

Ken Swofford ... Wheaties
David Ketchum ... Camp Director (as Dave Ketchum)
Elaine Devry ... Cotton's Mother
Wayne Sutherlin ... Hustler

Bruce Glover ... Hustler
William Bramley ... Mr. Goodenow
Vanessa Brown ... Mrs. Goodenow
Charles H. Gray ... Captain Cotton
Vincent Van Lynn ... Mr. Teft
Juney Ellis ... Mom (as June C. Ellis)

Frank Farmer ... Doctor
Jeff Smart ... Young Shooter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Ben-Yashar ... Camp Bully (as Scott Ehrlich)
Michael Schrager ... Apache Camper
Edson C. Kurose ... Moishe - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Earl Rivard ... Indian Teen (uncredited)
Jeff Sherman ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
Writing credits
Glendon Swarthout (novel)

Mac Benoff (screenplay)

Produced by
Georges Glass .... associate producer
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Original Music by
Perry Botkin Jr. 
Barry De Vorzon 
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon 
Casting by
Billy Gordon 
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Production Management
Ivan Volkman .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul J. Crossey .... dga trainee
Leonard Kunody .... second assistant director
John M. Poer .... second assistant director
Sheldon Schrager .... assistant director
Andrew Marton .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property master
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... sound
Joe Kenworthy .... boom operator
Dean Salmon .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects
John Hudkins .... stunt coordinator
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Ducharme .... grip
Patrick Fennell .... assistant camera
Dutch Hogue .... electrician
Don Jacobson .... grip
Victor King .... assistant camera
John Livesley .... key grip
Ralph McCarthy .... gaffer
John Monte .... still photographer
Harold Rabuse .... best boy
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Sherman Jr.)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Florence Williamson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Omar Dierkins .... driver
Vern Jacobs .... driver
Jim Morris .... driver
Bruce Petty .... transportation captain
Ronald Stinton .... driver
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Ron Hall .... craft service
Al Jank .... wrangler
Harry Kohoyda Jr. .... location auditor
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Paul Stufloten .... first aid
Edson C. Kurose .... assistant to the producer (uncredited)

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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Based on the 1970 novel "Bless the Beasts and the Children" by Glendon Swarthout.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Cotton:[First lines]
[In his dream, his mother is pointing a hunting rifle at him; he screams:]
[she fires]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Husband, the Producer (1974)See more »
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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A diverse group of teenage boys struggling to find their identities, 11 March 2004
Author: Mike L. (navrm-1) from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

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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