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Benji (2018)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Family | 16 March 2018 (France)
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Two school kids strike up a friendship with an orphaned puppy named Benji. When danger befalls them and they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue.

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... Frankie
... Whitney
... Sam King
... Syd
... Titus
... Lyle
... Officer
... Captain Newsome
... Brute
James W. Evermore ... Vendor (as James Evermore)
... Cajun Captain
Arthur J. Robinson ... Mr. Okra (as Arthur Robinson)
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Two school kids strike up a friendship with an orphaned puppy named Benji. When danger befalls them and they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue.

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A Hero Comes Home

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Crime | Drama | Family

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The scene featuring "Benji" walking through a small, downtown main street was footage filmed in Van Buren, Arkansas. See more »

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Detective Lyle is clearly mistaken about the "underground transport tunnels," which have windows, an obvious sign that this is an above-ground building entered at ceiling level. Also, low-lying New Orleans is known for its high water table; any hole in the ground quickly fills with water--hence the above-ground mausoleums like the ones at the cemetery Benji runs through. Water must be continuously pumped out of underground structures in New Orleans; decrepit abandoned tunnels would be perpetually flooded. See more »

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The last word of the movie's credits is "WOOF!" See more »

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

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I Love My Dog
Written and Performed by Cat Stevens
Courtesy of Universal Music
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Well, Benji is cute...
23 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

The original 1974 "Benji" didn't exactly enthrall me when I saw it years ago, though I feel I should mention that I saw it as an adult years after its initial release during a more cynical time. Neverless, I was interested to see what this remake would be like, seeing that the son of the original writer/director had the writing and directing chores this time around. The end results are without doubt a lot more polished than the original movie, despite having just a fraction of the cost of a major Hollywood studio blockbuster. And the characters speak and act in a way that is pretty believable. However, these more realistic characters eventually backfire on the movie. The original movie, as flawed as it was, did have a charm that was sweet and innocent. In this remake, the realistic depiction of the characters and the events remove this charm, and as a result the movie is kind of cynical at times. While I didn't think the movie was as dark as other IMDb users have stated, all the same very young kids might be a little disturbed by some of the going ons in this movie. Also, the movie suffers from the same problem that the original movie had, that being that the kind of thin story is noticeably padded out. I'd say stick with the original movie instead.


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