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 <>

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17 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Beniamino  »

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$500,000 (estimated)


$39,552,600 (USA)

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Final film of Edgar Buchanan. See more »


The opening scene shows Cindy missing her two front teeth. The second scene, representing the next morning, shows her teeth full grown. Later in the movie, they are at different stages of partial-growth. See more »


Mary: [to Benji] One of these days I'm going to follow you to see just where you go.
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Spin-off Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland (1981) See more »


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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What a sweetheart!
24 March 2002 | by (Beaufort, NC) – See all my reviews

Those eyes, that face! Benji does seem almost human in his first motion picture. This film isn't in the same league as National Velvet or Lassie Come Home but it is a refreshing warm-hearted little movie that's filled with several funny and moving moments. What's best is that you can watch it with your kids without being bored or having to monitor every scene. The lovable star of this movie has a face that could melt a heart of stone. That helps to compensate for the somewhat predictable plot.

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