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Benji (1974)

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The first movie about the famous golden mutt. Benji is a stray who has nonetheless worked his way into the hearts of a number of the townspeople, who give him food and attention whenever he stops by. His particular favorites are a pair of children who feed and play with him against the wishes of their parents. When the children are kidnapped, however, the parents and the police are at a loss to find them. Only Benji can track them down, but will he be in time? If he can save the day, he may just find the permanent home he's been longing for. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$39,552,600 (USA)
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Final film of Frances Bavier. See more »

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When the white dog "Tiffany" comes to the abandoned house for the first time, as she is climbing into the house, you can see a crew member down below spotting her as she climbs onto a high rail. See more »

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Mary: [to Benji] You have more independence than most people, and more charm.
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Benji's Theme (I Feel Love)
Music by Euel Box
Performed by Charlie Rich
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The dog star of the 70s
26 March 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Every decade, or so it seems, Hollywood likes to build films around a cute dog. The early seventies was the era for "Benji", whose real name was Higgins, an attractive and photogenic dog that had already had a recurring role in "Petticoat Junction", the successful sitcom of the sixties. Edgar Buchanan, one of the stars from that show is on hand to act with an old pal again.

Joe Camp, the director and screen writer, targeted this film toward a young audience of children under ten. Higgins and his trainer, Frank Inn, do wonders for the film. "Benji" shows a dog that has a natural intelligence and responds well to whatever it was asked to do. The film will delight young children.

Some other faces in the movie are Frances Bavier, Deborah Walley, Patsy Garrett and others. Although the movie is predictable, let's not forget it was targeted for a young audience that will probably appreciate it more than the grown ups.


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