Bless the Beasts and Children

Bless the Beasts and Children

Director: Stanley Kramer Cast: Barry Robins, Miles Chapin, Darel Glaser


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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?

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2012
UPC: 0043396396876
Original Release: 1971
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Region Code: 1
Sales rank: 29,586

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barry Robins Cotton
Miles Chapin Shecker
Darel Glaser Goodenow
Bob Kramer Lally I
Marc Vahanian Lally 2
Wayne Sutherlin Hustler
Bill Mumy Teft
Ken Swofford Wheaties
Charles H. Gray Cotton's Father
Elaine Devry Cotton's Mother
Jesse White Sid Shecker
William Bramley Goodenow's Stepfather
Vanessa Brown Goodenow's Mother
Dave Ketchum Camp Director
Bruce Glover Town Bully
Vincent VanLynn Teft's Father

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Mac Benoff Screenwriter
Perry Botkin Score Composer
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
William Lyon Editor
Barry De Vorzon Score Composer
Jesse Wayne Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bless the Beasts & Children
1. Chapter 1 [9:59]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [10:00]
11. Chapter 11 [1:46]

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Bless the Beasts and Children 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
I don't use that term often when talking about films from that era. However, I've never seen this movie available on DVD until recently. Made forty years ago, "Bless The Beasts And Children" has a number of messages that still resound today. The drama centers around six misfit teenagers at a summer camp who have been bullied, teased and pretty much written off as outcasts by everyone else. While at the camp, the teenagers discover that a local rifle club is about to slaughter a herd of defeneseless buffalo. They spend almost the entire picture trying to get to the buffalo herd before it's too late. Along the way, they share poignant memories (some of which are heavy-handed) as well as some hilarious ones (particularly with the local rednecks). Director Stanley Kramer sees a lot of correlations between the misfit teens and the dwindling buffaloes, all the way to the sad but not completely unexpected climax. However, Kramer does have a more than sympathetic eye for these children and he makes that sympathy ours as well. Featuring Billy Mummy from "Lost In Space" as well as a few other child actors of the time, "Bless The Beasts And Children" is an almost forgotten---but shouldn't be---gem from one of the most creatively fertile periods in American cinema by a filmmaker who was entering the twilight of his career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a great movie for all ages
Guest More than 1 year ago
would recommend this movie to anyone of all ages