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Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)

PG | | Drama, Family | 20 August 2004 (USA)
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Three unlikely, unsuspecting souls who come face-to-face with that moment in their lives when they must stand and be counted. For Sheldon, it's difficult because he doesn't appear to be the... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Whitaker ...
Dane Stevens ...
Sheldon (as Duane Stephens)
Christy Summerhays ...
Colby's Mom
Carlton Bluford ...
Delivery Kid (as Carleton Bluford)
Neal Barth ...
Zacharia Finch
Melinda Haynes ...
Shelter Director
Jeff Olson ...
Market Owner
Kathleen Camp ...
Nancy / Voice of Merlin / Phoenix Broadcaster / Voice of Zelda Pinkstrum
Radio Announcer
Joey Miyashima ...
Scott Wilkinson ...
Movie Producer
Moochie ...


Three unlikely, unsuspecting souls who come face-to-face with that moment in their lives when they must stand and be counted. For Sheldon, it's difficult because he doesn't appear to be the brightest guy in the world (although he might be the funniest). For Colby, it's even more difficult because he's only 14 years old, and up against enormous odds. For Benji, it's almost impossible--because, after all, he's just a dog, lost and alone, with nothing but a belligerent bird and a bungling stray mutt to help. A band of unlikely comrades, brought together by the least likely of the bunch, for a common, courageous purpose. Things will change. Lives will be saved. Because Benji is off the leash! Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Benji Returns: Rags to Riches  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,512,000 (USA) (20 August 2004)


$3,785,401 (USA) (15 October 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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A WONDERFUL story, engaging and enlightening for kids and their grownups!
18 August 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This movie was a completely refreshing break from the so called family films out there today. We rarely take our pre-teen and teen children to movies these days because not only do the films contain foul content, they lack any story line or message that will some how improve us. This movie had us all in stitches and my 14 year old son was actually surprised that he was emotionally moved by the struggle of Benji and Lizzard Tongue.

The creativity of the twists and turns of the story, as well as the multi-layered plot line leave you talking about the issues raised in the movie for days to come. We were invited to a sneak preview of the movie while in Chicago and were delighted to find out that the movie doesn't use the typical Hollywood tricks to entice kids.

While we've seen Benji movies in the past, this one is like a supercharged Benji. I was afraid that the film maker might have to use voice overs to tell the story, but it was so great to root for Benji and really care about his mission all as told simply through those big beautiful brown eyes. The incredible music didn't hurt either. I hope they put out a sound track!

Bravo to Benji, and my kids have told so many of their friends about the movie that we're getting a group together to have a real neighborhood movie experience on Saturday! Bravo for Benji! Many thumbs of all shapes and sizes way up for this one.

I didn't belong to this service, but when a review came up here which was diametrically opposed to what our wonderful experience was with this film, I just had to try to set the record straight.

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