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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the 1970 novel "Bless the Beasts and the Children" by Glendon Swarthout. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, after the buffalo are set free, the boys throw their arms around one another in a circle and spin. When the shot moves from wide to close up, the boys are in a different order in the circle. See more »

Quotes

Goodenow: I think I'm going to like it here. The other cabins, everybody was so normal.
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One of the best films ever made.
28 December 1999 | by JCisnerosSee all my reviews

Bless the beasts and the children is in a nutshell, a masterpiece. The movie cleverly develops each character brilliantly. Anyone who has ever felt like the odd man out can make an emotional connection to the plight of the characters. Director Stanley Kramer does of great job of showing the parity between the teenagers and the Buffalo. Its a movie about freedom, growing up, and most importantly, its about the beauty of innocence.


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