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The Beniker Gang (1984)

G | | Drama | 2 November 1984 (USA)
Five orphans in an orphanage don't want the authorities to break up the family they made of each other: Arthur, the eldest, who writes the advice column Dear Lola; Ben who eats paper; ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Kwapis

Writers:

Judie Angell (based on the novel "Dear Lola" by), Jeffrey Kindley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Arthur Beniker
Jennifer Dundas ... Cassie Beniker
Charles Fields ... Edmund Beniker
Jeff Alan-Lee ... James Beniker
Danny Pintauro ... Ben Beniker
George Martin ... Judge Pink
Will Patton ... Forest Ranger
J.T. Walsh ... Principal Stoddard
Mary Hamill Mary Hamill ... Edith Stamwick
William Duell William Duell ... Postmaster Greaves
Anthony Heald ... Mr. Uldrich
Richmond Hoxie ... Attorney
Peter McRobbie ... Mr. Millhauser
Paddy Croft Paddy Croft ... Mrs. O'Malley
Joyce Reehling Joyce Reehling ... Miss Nickerson
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Storyline

Five orphans in an orphanage don't want the authorities to break up the family they made of each other: Arthur, the eldest, who writes the advice column Dear Lola; Ben who eats paper; introvert James ; Cassie, the only girl; and Edmond. They run away from the orphanage to stay a family, but it won't be so easy. Written by Jonathan <jrd@netvision.net.il>

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Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear Lola See more »

Filming Locations:

Howell, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Scholastic Productions See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

The "notebook", the cover of which is eaten during class, was fabricated from an edible paste colored with food dye to make it look like the real thing. See more »

Soundtracks

MONSTER MASH
Performed by Zacherle
Written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi
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A family film

I thought this was a good film with an emotional storyline based on a 'family' of five orphans. The five realise they have a special bond together, and see themselves as a family. Arthur, the leader of the family is 18 and has an unusual job but it pays the bills. There are two teen boys, one teenage girl and a six year old boy. They all decide to leave their orphanage so they won't be fostered and then separated from each other. On the run, they eventually find their dream house and have the time of their lives finally living as a family at last. However, they encounter problems when their neighbours suspect that they are runaways without parents and Arthur and the rest of them have to fight to stay together. There is a great bond between these orphans which makes it a good film to watch, especially for the family.


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