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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.

Director:

Joe Camp

Writer:

Joe Camp
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Cast

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
Carlton Bluford ... Delivery Kid (as Carleton Bluford)
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
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Follows Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland (1981) See more »

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Back to the Days of Disney
3 September 2004 | by PenNhndSee all my reviews

I took my granddaughter to see Benji, Off the Leash yesterday and was reminded of the fun movies I used to go see as a child. Disney, Kurt Russell, Fred MacMurray, Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette. While Benji gets the credit in the title, the story is really about how our lives are intertwined and the wrongness of hurting others (especially animals) for any reason. My granddaughter and I also discussed how you can't always assume to know a person until you really get to know them. For example the two "bumbling dog catchers" turned out to be the nice guys, showing tremendous love and compassion for "Puppy's" mom.

I had the op to meet Joe Camp and Benji this past summer at CBA. The sweetest dog EVER! I was given a card with her paw print, which I put in a scrapbook for my granddaughter. These are the movies our childhood should be made of...not the basic trash we see everywhere else.


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Official Sites:

Mulberry Square Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benji Returns: Rags to Riches See more »

Filming Locations:

Ogden, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,512,000, 22 August 2004

Gross USA:

$3,817,362

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,817,362
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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