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Benji (1974)

A stray dog saves two kidnapped children.

Director:

Joe Camp

Writer:

Joe Camp

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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beniamino See more »

Filming Locations:

Denton, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$39,552,600
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

[Deborah Walley] 's final film role. 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

Paul: Is Benji here yet?
Mary: Yes, Benji's here yet.
Paul: [calling out the kitchen door] Cindy, he's here.
Mary: Well he won't be here for long if you don't stop that yelling. You know what happens if your father walks in.
Paul: I don't think Dad understands about us and Benji.
Mary: I don't think you understand what an understatement you just made.
Paul: What's understatement mean?
Mary: It means don't yell down the hall.
Cindy: [entering the kitchen] Where's Benji?
Mary: Don't yell in the kitchen, do you want your father in here?
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Connections

Featured in I Love the '70s: 1974 (2003) 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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A movie for all ages.
28 December 2004 | by kmacphSee all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time when I was about six years old. I loved it the first time I saw it and I still love it today. My three kids received it for Christmas and they love it as well (they're 7, 4 and 3). It's a movie about two kids, brother and sister, who feed and play with Benji. His origins are unknown and he has no permanent home. He has several friends whom he visits daily and as such has a routine with which he see's them. Bill, the man who owns the café, pays Benji with a dog bone everyday he comes by because when he comes by that let's Bill know that it's time to get the café ready for the lunch rush. The kids want to keep Benji (and his new found girlfriend, Tiffany) but their father won't hear of it. Then the kids get kidnapped and it's up to Benji to help save them. I won't say anymore as I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it. I give this movie a 10 out of 10. I could watch it over and over again and never get tired of it.


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