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Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)

PG | | Drama, Family | 20 August 2004 (USA)
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Lost and alone on the streets of a small Mississippi town, Benji struggles to save his mom from a backyard puppy mill, avoiding two dopey dogcatchers and an unwanted sidekick.


Joe Camp


Joe Camp
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Whitaker Nick Whitaker ... Colby
Nate Bynum ... Ozzie
Chris Kendrick ... Hatchett
Randall Newsome ... Livingston
Dane Stevens Dane Stevens ... Sheldon (as Duane Stephens)
Christy Summerhays Christy Summerhays ... Colby's Mom
Carleton Bluford ... Delivery Kid
Neal Barth Neal Barth ... Zacharia Finch
Melinda Haynes Melinda Haynes ... Shelter Director
Jeff Olson Jeff Olson ... Market Owner
Kathleen Camp Kathleen Camp ... Nancy / Voice of Merlin / Phoenix Broadcaster / Voice of Zelda Pinkstrum
Lincoln Hoppe ... Radio Announcer
Joey Miyashima ... Veterinarian
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Movie Producer
Moochie Moochie ... Benji


Three unlikely, unsuspecting souls who come face-to-face with that moment in their lives when they must stand and be counted. For Sheldon, it's difficult because he doesn't appear to be the brightest guy in the world (although he might be the funniest). For Colby, it's even more difficult because he's only 14 years old, and up against enormous odds. For Benji, it's almost impossible--because, after all, he's just a dog, lost and alone, with nothing but a belligerent bird and a bungling stray mutt to help. A band of unlikely comrades, brought together by the least likely of the bunch, for a common, courageous purpose. Things will change. Lives will be saved. Because Benji is off the leash! Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rules are made to be housebroken


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Benji is identifiable by his short, stumpy tail, but in several shots is seen with a longer tail, revealing the use of multiple dogs. See more »


Follows Benji the Hunted (1987) See more »

User Reviews

Cute...a few smiles...a few tears...
5 April 2010 | by tmpjSee all my reviews

Good family movie...includes domestic violence--though not graphically--against people and animals, which make it a cut above some animal comedies. I guess sometimes the animals ARE smarter than we humans..we are just too proud to admit it. But, this is a worthwhile watch...you will "boo" the villains( some of whom, ironically, morph into heroes before the end), root for the good guys...and it fairly well works itself out in the end. A lot of human actors prefer not to work with animal actors because animals steal the scenes. But this is a dog--or several dogs--having their day, and it is a bit of a romp, joyously as well as tragically. Mostly for kids, but worthwhile watching.

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Official Sites:

Mulberry Square Productions





Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benji Returns: Rags to Riches See more »

Filming Locations:

Payson, Utah, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,512,000, 22 August 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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