Benji the Hunted

Synopsis: In this children film Benji the Hunted, the show dog Benji is lost at sea and winds up in the wilderness of Oregon to fend for himself. Benji's one and only plan is to get back into his master's arms as soon as possible, until he finds four orphaned cougar kittens whose mother was shot by a hunter. Now his ultimate task is to get the four orphaned kittens into the care of another mother cougar with her single child while avoiding the threatening animals of the wild.
Genre: Adventure, Family
Director(s): Joe Camp
Production: Walt Disney Productions
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

So many yesterdays

Haunting my soul today

Now time is standing still

In the tears and rain

I'll find another spring

No doubt the birds will sing

But I will never shine

So very bright again

Okay, stand by.

Tell Mary Beth we're coming up.

- Ten seconds.

- Ten seconds, Mary Beth.

Jack, I need a minute.

Take a commercial.

Can't. We're at six seconds.

Count it.

Four, three, two, cue her.

Less than 24 hours ago, I reported

to you from the shooting location...

of a new movie being

filmed here in Oregon.

It was a happy report because

it featured one of America's...

most huggable heroes,

the cuddly canine superstar, Benji.

Tonight Benji is missing at sea.

He was with his trainer, Frank Inn,

in a small, open fishing boat...

just off the coast

when the boat capsized.

Mr. Inn was rescued.

He was taken here...

to the Coast Guard station in Newport...

where he apparently

is in good condition.

But Benji is still missing.

Mr. Inn, I know this is

a terrible time for you.

- But can you tell us what happened

- I don"t know.

It happened so fast.

One moment it was sunny and calm...

and the next was...

At what point did

you lose sight of Benji?

I never saw Benji

after the boat turned over.

We searched for him for a while.

I wanted to stay longer,

but the captain said...

that I had to get in

for medical attention.

Benji likes to bark at the fish

when I catch 'em.

They flop around the boat,

you know, and he barks.

We had this big snapper.

He'd never seen a fish that big before.

It was his first time

on the ocean.

Is there any chance that Benji

could make it to shore on his own?

It was so rough.

All of a sudden, it was so rough!

He's a good swimmer,

but it was so rough.

Thank you, Mr. Inn.

We'll all be hoping for the best.

Benji's producer told us

a few moments ago...

that he has definitely not given up hope

that the floppy-eared star...

might have made it back

to shore on his own.

He plans to begin a helicopter search...

first thing in the morning,

weather permitting.

In 1906,Joseph Conrad wrote...

"The sea has no generosity.

"For all the celebrations it has been

the object of in prose and song...

the sea has never

been friendly to man."

Nor, it seems tonight,

to man's best friend.

This is Mary Beth McLaulin

for Channel Eight News.

Hey! Get outta here!

Hold it, pal.

Thought so. You know, they got

a reward out for you.

It won't be long now.

Now you stay put.


Sure don't wanna turn

you loose in the house.

You wanna show me

how you did this?

Now you stay put

till I get this mess sorted out.

You better be still, or that

whole thing's gonna collapse with you.




Benji, Benji!

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Joe Camp

Joseph S. Camp, Jr. (born April 20, 1939) is a motion picture director and writer who is best known as the creator and director of the Benji films as well as Hawmps! and The Double McGuffin.Camp resides in Bell Buckle, Tennessee with his wife Kathleen. They previously owned property in Valley Center, California.Camp is also known for his work with horses. He owns, and has trained, five horses who lived with him at his Valley Center Ranch. He has written a book about his experiences with horses, The Soul of a Horse. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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