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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 ... 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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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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Smoking rifles can stunt your growth See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bless the Beasts & Children See more »

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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

Goodenow: I think I'm going to like it here. The other cabins, everybody was so normal.
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Connections

Referenced in Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Down the Line
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Written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.
Performed by Barry De Vorzon
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This one has stuck with me for 30 years...
27 June 2005 | by skat-4See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV when I was very young, only 7 or 8. The final scene was powerful, even though at that age I didn't fully comprehend what it meant. I remember seeing it several times afterward as I was growing up. I recently saw it listed on Comcast On Demand as a free movie, so I thought I would watch it. What an odd feeling to look back and realize how the meaning of certain movies dawned on you over time. I knew the first time that the kids were doing something good, setting the buffalo free. As a pre-adolescent and a teen, I understood that they were misfits, much like the buffalo they were trying to set free, and that their views weren't in line with the views of the authorities. They did what they thought was right, and one of them died doing it. What I remember as being so powerful about the final scene of the movie was not the sight of Cotton's being shot, but rather the image of the remaining boys standing on the hill and facing the hunters. The emotion of that moment was one of the most powerful movie moments I've ever experienced. I don't remember crying, but I remember the "feeling" of the first time I saw that scene – the only thing I can equate it with today as an adult is the feeling you get when all the blood rushes out of your face and you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. I think it was one of the first times in my young life that I realized that there was a scary world out there beyond my yard and that there were bigger things than me out there and that people could actually die for believing in them. Seeing it now, 30 or so years after the first time, I see the campiness of it, the forever-70s-ness of it, but I still "get" the message at the end. I wonder, though, in this world of high tech and instant gratification if there are many people today who are as passionate about the things they believe in as the kids in that movie were about those buffalo. Sadly, I doubt it.


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