Bless the Beasts and Children 1971
1h 49min | Comedy, Drama | June 1971 (West Germany)
A group of social misfits at a summer camp.for boys run away to save penned-in buffaloes from a rifle club’s slaughter.
I read the book when I was just 12 years old. I loved it. Then I saw the movie…and loved the movie just as much. This is NOT your standard coming-of-age movie. Anyone who claims otherwise is full of buffalo doo (!) because there is no comparison here. As for statements that troubled kids aren’t tender-hearted when it comes to animals, again, buffalo chips! This movie is dead-on when it comes to adolescent worry and the way that young people (and older folks too) treat one another. Swarthout has it right.
I have just now re-read the book and am dying to see the movie again. It’s been at least 15 years or more (probably closer to 20) so everything is fresh again. Ironically for me, I now live just down the road from Prescott and Jerome and Flagstaff. All those locations from the movie and from the book are right down the road.
Director: Stanley Kramer
Writers: Glendon Swarthout (novel), Mac Benoff (screenplay)
Stars: Bill Mumy, Barry Robins, Miles Chapin
Release Date: 6 December 1973 (Hungary)
Filming Locations: 190 W Aubrey St., Prescott, Arizona, USA