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Bless the Beasts & Children (1971)

A group of social misfits at a summer camp for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter.

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writers:

Glendon Swarthout (novel), Mac Benoff (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Mumy ... Lawrence Teft
Barry Robins Barry Robins ... Cotton
Miles Chapin ... Shecker
Darel Glaser ... Goodenow
Robert Jayson Kramer Robert Jayson Kramer ... Lally 1 (as Bob Kramer)
Marc Vahanian ... Lally II
Jesse White ... Sid Shecker
Ken Swofford ... Wheaties
David Ketchum David Ketchum ... Camp Director (as Dave Ketchum)
Elaine Devry ... Cotton's Mother
Wayne Sutherlin Wayne Sutherlin ... Hustler
Bruce Glover ... Hustler
William Bramley William Bramley ... Mr. Goodenow
Vanessa Brown ... Mrs. Goodenow
Charles H. Gray ... Captain Cotton
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Storyline

A group of social misfits at a summer camp for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club's slaughter. Written by JD-2 <Badge19@hotmail.com>

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Only one animal kills just for the sport of it... Guess which... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Denkt bloß nicht, daß wir heulen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Teft's hat is a cap from the German Afrika Korps in World War 2 - the famous unit under General Rommel in North Africa. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, after the buffalo are set free, the boys throw their arms around one another in a circle and spin. When the shot moves from wide to close up, the boys are in a different order in the circle. See more »

Quotes

Cotton: [First lines]
[In his dream, his mother is pointing a hunting rifle at him; he screams:]
Cotton: MOM!
[she fires]
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: King Dinosaur (1990) See more »

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Semper Fidelis
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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A diverse group of teenage boys struggling to find their identities
11 March 2004 | by navrm-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie in our school auditorium, as a high school classroom requirement back in the 1980's. I remember the girls crying, while a few of my male classmates sat quietly; perhaps being able to quickly identify themselves to one or more of the characters. The movie may not have interpreted the true spirit of the book, but I do think Stanley Kramer did as best a job he could in evoking both the struggles of male adolescence and the cultural patterns of the American family in the 1970's. There were many sobering messages despite the redundant metaphors throughout the film. Now, I am more interested in the "Where Are They Now" aspect of the film when I recently came across this title. I've found very little information on any of the main characters, with the exception of Bill Mummy. Also was saddened to hear about the death of Barry Robins (Cotton) back in 1986.


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