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Benji (2018)

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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.

Director:

Brandon Camp

Writers:

Brandon Camp (written for screen by), Joe Camp (based on the 1974 motion picture written by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gabriel Bateman ... Carter
Darby Camp ... Frankie
Kiele Sanchez ... Whitney
Gralen Bryant Banks ... Sam King
Will Rothhaar ... Syd
Angus Sampson ... Titus
Jerod Haynes ... Lyle
Lacy Camp ... Officer
Jim Gleason ... Captain Newsome
Brady Permenter ... Brute
James W. Evermore James W. Evermore ... Vendor (as James Evermore)
Tom Proctor ... Cajun Captain
Arthur J. Robinson 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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Family

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бенджи See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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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Benji, Carter, and Frankie board a green streetcar but disembark from a red streetcar. See more »

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There are some outtakes included after the credits. See more »

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Follows Benji (1974) 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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Much Darker And More Serious Than The Original
16 March 2018 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

I only found out that there was a 2018 version of this movie when I looked up the 1974 version of the story on Netflix. This new version is a Netflix production, and you can't help avoid the tendency to compare it to the original version so it's very hard to let it stand on its own. Compared to the 1974 movie, this "Benji" is a much darker movie from the beginning. Where the '74 version opened with the wonderful theme song "I Feel Love" - sung by Charlie Rich - this one opens with a menacing animal control truck rounding up strays to take them to the pound. Where the '74 version spent a lot of time letting us follow Benji, learning his daily routine and even getting a sense of fun as we learned about all the various relationships that Benji had developed with various people, this one seems rushed - giving us very little about Benji's life, but pushing us very quickly into the kidnapping narrative.

Yes. That part's the same . Benji gets befriended by a young brother and sister, whose parent (a single mother this time rather than a single father) refuses to let them keep him. The kids get kidnapped and it's up to Benji to convince mom to follow him so that he can make sure they get home safe.

I watched the '74 version with my daughter (who's 13) a few days ago. Today, the day of its release on Netflix, we watched this one. We both agreed that this movie lacks the fun of the original; the charm. Her assessment was that this Benji (the dog, not the movie) didn't have as much "personality" as the old Benji. That's not a bad way of summing it up. He's certainly cute - and the ending is classic "tug at your heartstrings" stuff that only a cute dog can bring out in you. And I would say that the human performances are better in this one than in the '74 movie. But I'm still not convinced that remaking it was a good idea on Netflix's part. And, to be honest, one of the best things about the '74 movie was "I Feel Love." Here, we get a truncated version of that song at the very end before they cut it off and return to some song whose words and title I can't even remember that was written for this, I guess. That was one of the biggest disappointments of all.

If I were asked, I'd definitely recommend the '74 original over this one any day. (5/10)


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