Bless the Beasts and Children (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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Bob Kramer
as Lally 1
Miles Chapin
as Shecker
Darel Glaser
as Goodenow
Jesse White
as Sid Shecker
Ken Swofford
as Wheaties
Dave Ketchum
as Camp Director
Charles H. Gray
as Cotton's Father
Elaine Devry
as Cotton's Mother
Vanessa Brown
as Goodenow's Mother
William Bramley
as Goodenow's Stepfather
Bruce Glover
as Town Bully
Vincent Van Lynn
as Teft's Father
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Critic Reviews for Bless the Beasts and Children

All Critics (4) | 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?

November 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It is flawed, contrived and heavy with symbolism. But its heart is in the right place. It says something, not only about killing dumb animals but about our sense of values.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Stanley Kramer's children tale, which is earnest and obvious in its message, is now best known for its Oscar-nominated tune.

April 7, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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

November 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bless the Beasts and Children

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

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