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Bless the Beasts & Children (1971)

A group of social misfits at a summer camp for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter.

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writers:

Glendon Swarthout (novel), Mac Benoff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Mumy ... Lawrence Teft
Barry Robins Barry Robins ... Cotton
Miles Chapin ... Shecker
Darel Glaser ... Goodenow
Robert Jayson Kramer Robert Jayson Kramer ... Lally 1 (as Bob Kramer)
Marc Vahanian ... Lally II
Jesse White ... Sid Shecker
Ken Swofford ... Wheaties
David Ketchum David Ketchum ... Camp Director (as Dave Ketchum)
Elaine Devry ... Cotton's Mother
Wayne Sutherlin Wayne Sutherlin ... Hustler
Bruce Glover ... Hustler
William Bramley William Bramley ... Mr. Goodenow
Vanessa Brown ... Mrs. Goodenow
Charles H. Gray ... Captain Cotton
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Storyline

A group of social misfits at a summer camp for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter. Written by JD-2 <Badge19@hotmail.com>

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Who were the misfits? The men who killed for sport... ...or those who fought for the buffalo! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Denkt bloß nicht, daß wir heulen See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Barry Robins's only film appearance. See more »

Goofs

When Shecker arrives at the camp with his father in a flashback scene the other boys, including Goodenow,are all standing near each other.Which implies Goodenow is already with the guys in their cabin. But in another flashback scene Cotton brings Goodenow into their cabin saying he will be staying with them in the cabin and introduces them to the other guys including Shecker who is already there, but according to the earlier flashback scene should not be. See more »

Quotes

Goodenow: I think I'm going to like it here. The other cabins, everybody was so normal.
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Connections

Referenced in Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Cotton's Dream
(also known as the theme of The Young and the Restless (1973) and "Nadia's Theme")
Written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.
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A minor classic...
30 August 2005 | by JimVinesSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it was released in 1971 (when I was eight) and it made quite an impression on me. Some really nice acting, great music, and an interesting (yet simple) story. It's amazing how it has stayed with me all these years. But meaningful films tend to do that. I was lucky enough to see this film again tonight. Though I viewed the film through 42 year-old eyes, it still had an impact. I was saddened to hear that Barry Robins (who played "Cotton") passed away in 1986. He was quite an amazing actor. (It's interesting to note that Robins, who played a 16 year-old, was 26 when the film was made!) He reminded me of Sal Mineo, another fine actor who left us far too soon. Anyway, I just wanted to comment on this fine little gem of a film. If you get a chance to rent it, I hope you will...and enjoy.


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