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Story

A sleeper when released in 1985, The Journey of Natty Gann has since become an enduring family classic. While following a familiar Disney formula (the perilous adventures of a girl and her pet wolf), director Jeremy Paul Kagan adds something fresh at every turn, aided by a first-rate cast and beautifully scenic locations. Then-promising newcomer Meredith Salenger is perfect in the title role--a scrappy kid in Depression-era Chicago who travels cross-country to the Pacific Northwest, hoping to find her father (Ray Wise), who had been forced to leave her with an awful landlady while he took a logging job in Washington. Natty befriends the wolf and a fellow drifter (John Cusack, in an early role), and her journey is a memorable one, intense and realistic but still appropriate for kids. Although Salenger's subsequent film career has been modest (she later graduated cum laude from Harvard), Natty Gann remains a worthy claim to fame. --Jeff Shannon

Cast

Meredith SalengerNatty Gann
John CusackHarry
Ray WiseSol Gann
Lainie KazanConnie
Scatman CrothersSherman

  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Jeremy Paul Kagan
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 101 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 27, 1985
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 21, 2002
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