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Benji (1974)

A stray dog saves two kidnapped children.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patsy Garrett ... Mary
Allen Fiuzat ... Paul
... Cindy
... Dr. Chapman
... Lady with the Cat
... Officer Tuttle
... Bill
... Riley
... Henry
... Linda
... Mitch
... Lt. Samuels
Larry Swartz ... Floyd
J.D. Young ... Second Policeman
Erwin Hearne ... Mr. Harvey
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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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17 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Beniamino  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$39,552,600
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Trivia

Higgins played the "dog" for the seven year run of the TV series Petticoat Junction (1963) (which also starred Edgar Buchanan). "Benji" was his last acting role. His urn is inside the casket of his trainer, Frank Inn. In the sequel films, Benji was played by Benji, the original Benji's daughter. See more »

Goofs

When the white dog "Tiffany" comes to the abandoned house for the first time, as she is climbing into the house, you can see a crew member down below spotting her as she climbs onto a high rail. See more »

Quotes

Mary: [to Benji] One of these days I'm going to follow you to see just where you go.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Benji's Theme (I Feel Love)
Music by Euel Box
Lyrics by Euel Box and Betty E. Box
Performed by Charlie Rich
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The dog star of the 70s
26 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Every decade, or so it seems, Hollywood likes to build films around a cute dog. The early seventies was the era for "Benji", whose real name was Higgins, an attractive and photogenic dog that had already had a recurring role in "Petticoat Junction", the successful sitcom of the sixties. Edgar Buchanan, one of the stars from that show is on hand to act with an old pal again.

Joe Camp, the director and screen writer, targeted this film toward a young audience of children under ten. Higgins and his trainer, Frank Inn, do wonders for the film. "Benji" shows a dog that has a natural intelligence and responds well to whatever it was asked to do. The film will delight young children.

Some other faces in the movie are Frances Bavier, Deborah Walley, Patsy Garrett and others. Although the movie is predictable, let's not forget it was targeted for a young audience that will probably appreciate it more than the grown ups.


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