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Benji (1974)

A stray dog saves two kidnapped children.

Director:

Joe Camp

Writer:

Joe Camp
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patsy Garrett Patsy Garrett ... Mary
Allen Fiuzat Allen Fiuzat ... Paul
Cynthia Smith ... Cindy
Peter Breck ... Dr. Chapman
Frances Bavier ... Lady with the Cat
Terry Carter ... Officer Tuttle
Edgar Buchanan ... Bill
Tom Lester ... Riley
Christopher Connelly ... Henry
Deborah Walley ... Linda
Mark Slade ... Mitch
Herb Vigran ... Lt. Samuels
Larry Swartz Larry Swartz ... Floyd
J.D. Young J.D. Young ... Second Policeman
Erwin Hearne Erwin Hearne ... Mr. Harvey
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Storyline

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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The motion picture that's sweeping the country - stealing the hearts of adults and kids alike! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benji See more »

Filming Locations:

Denton, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$39,552,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,552,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Joe Camp made this film in response to the overabundance of low-quality family films released through the "four wall distribution" concept. ("Four-walling" is a sort-of self-distribution process where a filmmaker and/or distributor rents a theater to show their films, and receive all box-office revenues.) In an interview with "Variety Magazine" in 1977, Camp said, "It has become an industry-caused thing, but the G rated classification has to some degree become 'if it's G, it can't be for me'." Camp was concerned that "four-wall fast-buck distributors" had oversaturated the market for G-rated films, so in response to the low quality of these films, he created "Benji." 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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Crazy Credits

The final picture of Benji, after the end credits, shows the caption, "Woof." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenage Caveman (1991) 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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What a sweetheart!
24 March 2002 | by apfortonySee all my reviews

Those eyes, that face! Benji does seem almost human in his first motion picture. This film isn't in the same league as National Velvet or Lassie Come Home but it is a refreshing warm-hearted little movie that's filled with several funny and moving moments. What's best is that you can watch it with your kids without being bored or having to monitor every scene. The lovable star of this movie has a face that could melt a heart of stone. That helps to compensate for the somewhat predictable plot.


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