Bless the Beasts and Children (1971)
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Critic Reviews for Bless the Beasts and Children
Is it in favor of buffalo? Against parents who cause their children to become neurotic? In favor of neurotic kids because they're more sensitive than well-adjusted kids? An argument for gun control?
Stanley Kramer's children tale, which is earnest and obvious in its message, is now best known for its Oscar-nominated tune.
An ensemble piece from start to finish, it's difficult to single out one particular actor for comment.
Audience Reviews for Bless the Beasts and Children
Misfits unite! A very touching film. Great adaptation of the book.
Objectively, this isn't a very good film; The acting, barring Robins and Mumy is poor, the flashbacks are not used as effectively as in the book, and the book's ending has its impact washed away. However, the film's hamminess and strange endearing qualities, as well as the fact that I laughed at this harder and more frequently than I have in any other movie make this a must watch for people who read the book or want a movie to watch while intoxicated.
Objective Verdict: C-
Enjoyment Verdict: A+
I first read the book. It was very good. I then saw the movie. It was pretty good for its time. Billy Mumy from TV's LOST IN SPACE was in it and was well known. The CARPENTERS, a very popular music group of the time, made the theme song. Stanley Kramer, a famed producer and director made the film. The story involved a group of misfit kids trying to achieve something pretty difficult and idealistic. It was heroic stuff that ended tragically. For a boy under 14 of that time--it was a great film and I must have watched it dozens of times. It's a little dated now, However, if you're of the 70's this a good rainy day movie.
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