Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Clip from Bless the Beasts & Children

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10 comments:

  1. I guess I was 12 or 13 when my 7th grade won the pta signup contest and this movie was our reward . to watch in the caffateria wile 8th and 9th graders had to be in class. at the end of the movie boys and girls alike were in tears and they gave us a few minutes to collect ourselves before turning the lights back on. now I,am 47 and its still one of the best movies I have ever seen. wish we were still in the day where kids could be shone caring about each other. now these good hearted kids would be considered weak or sissy's. it was a better time Iam glad to have grown up then. I belive this movie made me a kinder person, Gary

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  2. Hello Gary,
    I am glad that the movie touched you so! Indeed, it has a very powerful ending, an emotional ending - it leaves an impact, I agree. A positive impact, of course. And I am eternally happy to see people that admired Barry and his work online, you know what I mean? Well, please, if there's any more thoughts you'd like to share about your views on Barry, go right ahead and share!
    Sincerely,
    Asher D. Edelson (The nephew of Barry Robins)

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  3. This movie had a huge impact on me when I saw it and it was primarily because of Barry Robins. He did a great job of portraying a teen on the edge and struggling because he was "different." Saw the movie once 30 years ago and have never forgotten the scenes with Barry and the brutal ending .. just waiting for a DVD release. Very cool that you choose to remember your uncle this way.

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  4. I think he did too! Thank you so much! :)

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  5. I was looking to see if this movie was out on DVD and I found my way here..very glad I did. I live in Colorado and Bless the Beasts and Children premiered here in Denver..I ditched school to go (which was kinda risky seeings on how the new school year had just started) Ended up going twice during the premiere and was fortunate enough to meet the cast. If I am not mistaken Barry lived in Denver at the time, I believe that he was in a stage play here.
    Great blog, I'll be sure to stop by again!

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  6. I'm glad you found the site! I'm also glad you happened upon Bless the Beasts; such a great film. And please do visit the blog again!

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  7. I'm watching Bless the Beasts and Children right now on free to air Saturday Matinee here in Sydney. Can't believe i wasn't aware of this film! What an excellent film, great inspiration for vegetarians (not that I am) but will have to ring my girlfriend is I'll have to call her. It's a kinda 'Revenge of the Nerds' with a social conscience! He reminds me of an actor that played a Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) lookalike that Rachel falls for. Perhaps he's related? Does anyone know who I mean?

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  8. I'm not too sure Barry (or myself) has any relations to David Schwimmer, although I can certainly look into it, though I doubt there are any such relations. I'm happy you enjoyed the film! It does send out a wonderful message, doesn't it? I hope your girlfriend enjoys it!

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  9. I came across Bless the Beast and the Children on an old video tape that was unmarked. In this digital age, I'm trying to replace all of my VHS movies with DVD. So I was going through a small stack of unmarked VHS tapes to see what was on them when this movie came up on one of them. I remember seeing this movie the first time in the mid 70's when I was around 10. The movie changed my life. Now at age 46. I can count only 3 movies in my lifetime that had the impact on my life as Bless the Beast and the Children did. Bless the Beast and the Children was the first, The Outsiders was the second, and the recent 127 Hours was the third. All three movies were underrated masterpieces of amazing cinema with stories all touching on the strong will of the human spirit. I remember Barry's performance in Bless the Beast and the Children as being powerful as I sat down and watched the movie last night on it's unmarked VHS cassette that I had recorded off television. I cried as much as I did when I saw it in the mid 70's. What a powerful movie. After watching the movie, I looked up Barry on IMDB to see if he had a profile on there. I did not realize that he died. That is sad indeed, his IMDB profile led me here and to his Facebook page that you have set up for him. I think I will mention Barry on one of my upcoming radio shows and see if I can't drudge up some his fans from back in the day or at least try to get some new fans of his work. Bless the Beast and the Children is a good of a movie today as it was 40 years ago. I guess I'll keep that old VHS copy of the movie, which is not in the best condition until I can find a better copy. I was told you can download the movie for 99 cents on Amazon, I'll have to look into that. Well thanks Asher E for keeping the memory alive of your Uncle, the word will spread. I hope after I pass on, my nephew keeps my semi famous name alive somehow LOL. I know he admires my work and my music. I know you probably don't come on here lot anymore, but I thought I give my ten cents worth.

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  10. What a nice story :) thank you for sharing, Tony! And that would be wonderful if you could mention him!

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