Monday, January 24, 2011
Movie Review by Robert Steven Mack: Benji
In 1974, famed dog actor Higgins, who played dog in "Petticoat Concuction," paired with filmmaker Joe Camp for what would become Higgins last, but perhaps greatest role as Benji. Joe Camp had become frustrated with what the older audiences, i.e. over 10 years of age, stereotyped G-rated movies: ''If it's G, it's not for me." So he produced “Benji.”
"Benji" is the story of a lovable stray dog who every day -from dawn to dust- runs around his home town chasing cats, pursuing a mate, and being with the people he loves. Telling a realistic, yet heart-warming story of love and courage, Benji’s story is told from the dog's point of view. Meaning very little dialogue. Joe Camp's exquisite down-to-earth filmmaking and Higgins's rare acting abilities, seasoned with catchy tunes, as well as special appearences from Francies Beiver (the Andy Griffith Show) and Edgar Buchaman make this film a joy for the whole family young and old for generations to come!
Copyright 2011 by Robert Steven Mack (All rights reserved!)