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The Call of the Wild (1972)

PG | | Adventure, Family | March 1975 (USA)
A house dog is abducted and brought to the north as a sled dog.

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Calliope Laurent
Raimund Harmstorf ...
Pete (as Raymond Harmstorf)
George Eastman ...
Black Burton
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Seze
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Taglish Charlie
Friedhelm Lehmann ...
Horst Heuck ...
Hal
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Dutch Harry
Alf Malland ...
Constantine
Alfredo Mayo ...
Judge Miller
Sverre Wilberg ...
Colonel
Olov Pedersen ...
Red Sweater
Per Amvik ...
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A house dog is abducted and brought to the north as a sled dog.

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dog | sled dog | gold rush | wolf | dog sled | See All (7) »

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One of the greatest animal stories ever told ... See more »

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Adventure | Family

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A vadon szava  »

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The film slipped into the public domain not long after its cinema release was over. This explains why there are many versions of the film available of inferior quality. See more »

Quotes

Pete: I've never seen so many people.
John Thornton: And more are coming all the time. I tell ya, Pete, if this is the promised land, I'll take the open trail.
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26 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Call of the Wild, The (1972)

*** (out of 4)

A house dog is stolen from its owner and sold to a group of men who abuse him and eventually sell him as a sled dog. The sled owner (Charlton Heston) soon grows attached to the dog and we see their adventures in Alaska, which includes hunting for gold. This version of the famous story isn't as good as the 1935 version with Clark Gable and Loretta Young but this one does remain entertaining throughout. There are some major problems with the film that keeps it from being great but even through there are problems there's still a wonderfully touching movie here. What doesn't work is that the film really appears to have originally been three hours and then edited down to its 100-minute running time. I say this because there seems to be some rough editing and there are various parts of the film that seem rushed. This becomes rather annoying but the real star here is the dog. The dog used in the film does a remarkable job and really makes his role a real character and not just an animal doing tricks. Heston gives a pretty good performance and his actions with the dog are a lot of fun to watch but there are moments when the actor goes over the top and brings a few laughs, which certainly wasn't intended. Michele Mercier is good as Heston's lover and George Eastman makes for a great villain. The film was shot in Finland, which leads to some terrific visuals and the movie remains entertaining all the way through. The love story between Heston and his dog is beautifully captured but some should be warned that there are a lot of scenes of animal abuse, which will certainly bother some.


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