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The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.

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Cast

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Harry
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Connie
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Sherman
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Parker
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Farm Woman
Bruce M. Fischer ...
Charlie Linfield
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Logging Boss
Jack Rader ...
Employment Agent
Matthew Faison ...
Buzz
Jordan Pratt ...
Frankie
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Louie
Campbell Lane ...
Chicago Moderator
Max Trumpower ...
Chicago Worker
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Storyline

Natty Gann (played by Meredith Salenger) is a twelve year old Depression era girl whose single-parent father leaves her behind in Chicago while he goes to Washington State to look for work in the timber industry. Natty runs away from the guardian she was left with to follow Dad. She befriends and is befriended by a wolf that has been abused in dog fights, hops a freight train west, and is presumed dead when her wallet is found after the train crashes. Dad gets bitter and endangers himself in his new job. Meanwhile Natty has a series of adventures and mis- adventures in various farmhouses, police stations, hobo camps, reform schools, and boxcars. Written by Anonymous

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The journey that made the impossible come true. (trailer) See more »

Genres:

Family | Adventure

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Natty Gann  »

Box Office

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$2,135,577 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's closing credits declare that: "No animals were injured or harmed in the filming of this movie. Certain sequences were simulated". See more »

Goofs

The steam locomotives seen in the film have distinctly Canadian vestibule-style cabs. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [Harry has just hauled Natty into the boxcar, where she was dangling dangerously over the edge] You know, uh, you can get hurt that way.
Hobo: I thought *that* one was a goner.
Hobo: *Rail* meat.
Hobo: Little bits of blood and busted...
Harry: Leave the kid alone!
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A Surprise From Disney
8 November 1999 | by (Columbus, OH) – See all my reviews

So, Disney finally did something right, and it's a nifty little tough grrrrl movie. It's touching and fun, with sometimes stunning cinematography and great location work.

The plot works despite a little Disney cheese... the direction and visuals are great... and John Cusack gives an early hint of what he can do.

Overall, it's delightful.


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