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Patsy Garrett ...
Mary
Allen Fiuzat ...
Paul
Cynthia Smith ...
Cindy
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Dr. Chapman
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Lady with the Cat
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Christopher Connelly ...
Henry
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Floyd
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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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Higgins the Dog played the "dog" for the seven year run of the TV series Petticoat Junction (1963) (which also starred Edgar Buchanan). "Benji" was his last acting role. His urn is inside the casket of his trainer, Frank Inn. In the sequel films, Benji was played by Benjean, the original Benji's daughter. 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] One of these days I'm going to follow you to see just where you go.
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Benji's Theme (I Feel Love)
Music by Euel Box
Performed by Charlie Rich
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Blockbuster hit for the under-12 crowd
25 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Joe Camp probably had no idea this family film about an independent mutt turning neighborhood hero was going to touch off such a reaction at the box-office. "Benji" doesn't have the earmarks of an ambitious movie, nor did its initial publicity suggest it was going to be anything more than a matinée flash-in-the-pan, but positive word-of-mouth amongst kids was incredibly high, and "Benji" became the fifth highest grossing film of 1974 (no small feat; it's just behind "The Godfather Part II"). Although the slim plot pilfers heavily from Disney's "That Darn Cat!", the canine star Higgins (from TV's "Petticoat Junction") is an amazing find: his expressions and reactions are priceless, and the film's narrative--Benji's escapades, his human friends, his romance with a little white pooch--proved to be immediate and bracing with the target audience. Charlie Rich's song "I Feel Love" (Oscar-nominated!) underlines the doggy romance with just enough sentiment to make the low-budget film a real crowd-pleaser. Followed in 1977 by "For the Love of Benji", but with a different, look-alike dog and a hoked-up story, the sequel didn't crossover to older children. **1/2 from ****


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