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Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)

PG | | Drama, Family | 20 August 2004 (USA)
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 ...
Colby
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Ozzie
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Hatchett
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Livingston
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
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Radio Announcer
Joey Miyashima ...
Veterinarian
Scott Wilkinson ...
Movie Producer
Moochie ...
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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 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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$1,512,000, 22 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,817,362
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Irresistible!!
14 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was so thrilled to be able to see this film at at preview press screening. And knowing how much I absolutely adored the Benji films growing up, I know I went in with what would probably be called unfairly ultra-high expectations. This film lived up to my expectations beyond my wildest dreams. Now, I don't think I have actually seen the other Benji films since they came out (the first in 1974 when I was 6). But the loving Benji dog in this one won my heart over from the first instant; so much so the animals outshine the humans (though I LOVE the dogcatchers!)! Try not to be late because you will miss some key things during the opening credits. And definitely sit through the closing credits for adorable behind-the-scenes footage with the dogs. Don't think you have to be a parent with kids to see and love this film. If you have any memory of the other Benji movies, run to see this film opening weekend!


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