- Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Jennifer Dundas, Charles Fields, Jeff Alan-Lee, Danny Pintauro
- Directors: Ken Kwapis
- Writers: Jeffrey Kindley, Judie Angell
- Producers: Doro Bachrach, Jane Startz, Marcus Viscidi, Margaret Roiphe
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- VHS Release Date: January 18, 1994
- Run Time: 87 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6302877539
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Beniker Gang [VHS]
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Compared to the often over-processed, plastic cinematography of movies today, it's striking how "rough" the Beniker Gang looks. The colors and contrasts are pretty muted compared to the latest Transformers flick. Of course, not every movie in the 80's looked this "grindhouse-y" but this was certainly more common back then.
Is this muted, unprocessed world a bad thing? Absolutely not. I am someone who firmly believes that the less processed a movie looks, the more timeless and dreamlike its hold on the viewer can be. And such is the case with the Beniker Gang.
Indeed, if one were to really look at this movie with a snarky, post-modern eye, it could be taken to task in all kinds of ways. The cyncial critic could say it's "hokey." Or he would notice that the movie just coasts on through, glossing over potential plotholes before the audience has time to ask questions. And it has a very short (87 min) running time, with many scenes feeling abbreviated. (For example, the carnival backstory of one of the kids is launched into with very little buildup. Another example, the movie tells us that a Halloween party at the school is coming up, and rather than letting that "pay off" a bit later in the movie--bam, we get the Halloween party right away.)
But you know what? It all works. The audience (assuming they're willing to be told a gentle story) doesn't care about those things.Read more ›
I think Rooneyfan reviewed the wrong movie. LOL!
Someone else said something about Jon Cryer being in this movie, but he is NOT. The actor who plays James (that's the one I'm assuming the reviewer was referring to because he bears a slight resemblance to Cryer) is named Jeff Alan Lee and this is the only movie he's ever been in.
Edit: the case that the DVD was in smells very bad. I'm switching the case to a blank one I have and throwing the case the movie came in into the recycle bin.
But this is a movie, not reality, and as such it is cute, charming, fun and adorable. Suspend reality for an hour and a half and just have fun watching the movie. This is one of those feel good movies where you just know that somehow everything will work out in the end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie was horrible. It kept skipping through the whole movie! So the kids and I were not able to enjoy the movie!Published 8 months ago by Cheneta Paige
This is a true tear-jerker. It shows the value of bonding and loyalty. A tough film about hard reality and family.Published 10 months ago by Joseph W.
I have been searching for this movie on DVD for years. This played great! I couldn't ask for anything better! Love it!Published 21 months ago by Amazonaholic
I watched this movie as a kid and it was excellent. I always remembered the title since childhood and was excited when I found it on Amazon on DVD :)Published 23 months ago by Terrilyn Hicks
I remember watching this on HBO when I was a kid in the mid-80s. I've been trying to find this movie but never knew the name of it. I look forward to watching this again. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by D7
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