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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:

31 May 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 Benji first enters the children's home on his own at the beginning of the film, a very obvious man in a white collared shirt opens the door. See more »

Quotes

Mary: [to Benji] You have more independence than most people, and more charm.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits did not scroll. Instead they were shown in still form over a different background of a still shot of Benji from the actual movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Benji (2018) 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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One of the last hurrahs for family flix....
10 May 2010 | by tmpjSee all my reviews

Not a bad flick...I regret that I saw sequels before having seen the original. Benji is a lovable character who hustles everyone in the neighborhood with charm and charisma. Two kids , children of a doctor, want to give him a home there with them, but the doctor has all kinds of phobias against canines and will not hear of it. Benji finds a girlfriend ( no kidding) and shares food and his secret hide-away--a deserted house--with his new acquaintance...until fate steps in and dictates the direction of the action. The kids are victims of a plot and Benji--and his girlfriend--come to the rescue using what measures they can muster. It's really cute, though it gets a little ugly when the bad guys appear...and there seems to be an un-explained flashback of sorts that Benji has regarding an incident with firearms. This, to my thinking, should have been developed a little better to convey to the audience that this was a motivating factor for Benji's actions...and why. But, one can suspend sensibilities if a dog is intelligent enough to convince you that he knows what is going on and has the best interest of people at heart , and that applies in this instance. Besides, since he was a homeless dog, there may have been myriad instances that were unpleasant remembrances...still it is nice when the writers and the directors let us in on what happening by way of full disclosure. But, it's a nice flick, the kids will love it, and adults will too. It's early seventies so that pacing of the film is not quite as frantic as it would become some seven or eight years down the road. See the movie.


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