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Benji (1974)

G  |   |  Adventure, Family, Romance  |  17 October 1974 (USA)
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A stray dog saves two kidnapped children.

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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 Benji first enters the children's home on his own at the beginning of the film, a very obvious man in a white collared shirt opens the door. See more »

Quotes

Riley: [Trying to solve the mystery of the disappearing pudding cups, Riley leaves an open container out] I'm leaving it right here. On purpose.
Henry: And I'm sure it'll still be there tomorrow, and on purpose, too! Now, come on, let's go!
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Benji's Theme (I Feel Love)
Music by Euel Box
Lyrics by Betty Box and Euel Box
Performed by Charlie Rich
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Still one of the finest family films ever made
19 December 1998 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

I first saw "Benji" when I was eight years old; during its original release, and after nearly 25 years it is still one of the finest, independently-produced family films ever made. Told entirely from the eyes of a dog, it mixes humor, suspense, and heart-tugging emotion. The dog, Benji, is still one of the finest animal actors ever to appear on screen. He conveys emotion, like no other animal on film ever had before, or has since. Although this is mainly a film for families to enjoy, it would surprise me if any adult couldn't be moved by its sentiment.


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