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Benji (1974)

Rating:G
Genre:Family, Action/Adventure
Release Date:October 17, 1974
Running time:86 minutes
Cast:Patsy Garrett, Allen Fiuzat, Cynthia Smith, Peter Breck, Frances Bavier
Director:Joe Camp
Writer:Joe Camp

Description: An instant family classic, Benji is shot mostly from the a dog's-eye view , adding even more characterization to a title character well-played by canine veteran Higgins. Benji is an intelligent homeless mutt adopted by a loving family; when the kids are kidnapped, it's the little dog to the rescue in the best tradition of bigger doggie heroes like Rin Tin Tin and Lassie. Believe it or not, Higgins really acts; his captivating performance and the simple, straightforward telling of the story makes for all-around family fun. A sequel didn't fare as well, but the original Benji is still a furry favorite.~ Don Kaye, All Movie Guide

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