For the Love of Benji
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Some people may not know that the Benji of For the Love of Benji is not the same talented actor who starred in the original Benji movie. Higgins, the original Benji, was fairly old when he made Benji a household name in 1973, and the role of Benji for this second movie was played by Higgins' daughter (who was actually named Benji). Yes, this Benji is played by a female, but it does not matter.Read more ›
On the positive side, returning writer/director Joe Camp stuck with something unusual that he did in the first film--he did the film from a dog's point of view. That doesn't mean that the film is in first person from Benji's perspective. Imagine more a dog directing. The content, kinds of shots and kinds of angles are mostly what a dog might do. It made the first film, with its very unusual structure, a success, and it more or less makes this one, which also has an unusual structure, well, not exactly a success, but it makes it "kinda work".
A couple factors bring the success rate down a bit. The story takes place in Greece this time--in a move that seems like maybe the crew and cast wanted a paid vacation in Greece--and a lot of dialogue is in Greek, without subtitles. Although interesting for adults, that's a particularly odd move for a family film, and the goal here is definitely to make a family film--Camp even announces this at the very beginning onscreen.
Also odd for a family picture, most of the human-sourced interaction in the film features people attacking or chasing Benji--with chloroform, with meat cleavers, with fruit, with a big mean Doberman, and with guns. Not that it's graphic in any way, but the concept is there, and Benji's running is mostly precipitated by unfriendly people chasing him.
There is a complex plot involving scientific research, where they want to use Benji for nefarious goals, and where Benji seems to be world-famous, all of which is never explained very well.Read more ›
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Since I was a kid I've been a fan of Benji...now I'm passing it on to my own! Disc arrived clean with no damage, scratches or skipping. Great product.Published 8 days ago by Sharon Smith
Very good but also very sad show. They are chasing Benji and capture him and take him over seas. In the end Benji's family finally gets him back and they find out everything. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Patricia Wollweber
Love the movie. Still great entertainment for young children.Published 17 months ago by Bettye Jo Bensing
I have always loved the Benji movies
and For The Love Of Benji,
Benji the Hunted, and the original movie of Benji
are all Awesome movies
Hadn't seen the original movie for 35 years or so. Was as cute and family friendly as I remember. Be sure to watch the original Benji movie before For the Love of Benji or it... Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Stella Bristow
Following the success of the first Benji film, the producers came up with "For the Love of Benji" in 1977 that was also a hit. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Terrance Richard
This movie was pretty good, but it was a bit hard to follow and left a few things to be desired. For instance, I would have liked the Doberman to end up being a friend to Benji and... Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Fluffytoy lover
Wow,I found this at K Mart for a measly $2.50,brand new!!! The films(Benji & For The Love Of Benji) are Full Frame transfers(they were probably filmed that way anyway! Read morePublished on February 15, 2009 by Jason P. Pumphrey