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Bless the Beasts and Children (1971)





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Bless the Beasts and Children is most fondly remembered as the film which introduced the song "Nadia's Theme" (better known as the title music for CBS' Young and the Restless). The film itself is a well-meaning if heavy-handed tale of six idealistic young boys whom come to the rescue of a buffalo herd. There's a symbiotic relationship between the boys and the beasts: the kids have all been shunted aside as misfits and losers, while the buffalo have likewise been targetted for obscurity. Once the film makes its point, it really has nowhere to go; still, the location photography (with Catalina standing in for Arizona) is outstanding. Besides, how many other films have honored Billy Mumy with top billing?
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Bill Mumy
as Teft
Barry Robins
as Cotton
Bob Kramer
as Lally 1
Miles Chapin
as Shecker
Darel Glaser
as Goodenow
Marc Vahanian
as Lally 2
Jesse White
as Sid Shecker
Ken Swofford
as Wheaties
Dave Ketchum
as Camp Director
Elaine Devry
as Cotton's Mother
Charles H. Gray
as Cotton's Father
Vanessa Brown
as Goodenow's Mother
William Bramley
as Goodenow's Stepfather
Bruce Glover
as Town Bully
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Critic Reviews for Bless the Beasts and Children

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

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?

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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Stanley Kramer's children tale, which is earnest and obvious in its message, is now best known for its Oscar-nominated tune.

Full Review… | April 7, 2012

An ensemble piece from start to finish, it's difficult to single out one particular actor for comment.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Bless the Beasts and Children

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+

Johnny  Kashmir
Johnny Kashmir

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.

Ryan Winter
Ryan Winter

Misfits unite! A very touching film. Great adaptation of the book.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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