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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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Connie
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Sherman
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Parker
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Farm Woman
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Charlie Linfield
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Logging Boss
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Employment Agent
Matthew Faison ...
Buzz
Jordan Pratt ...
Frankie
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Louie
Campbell Lane ...
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Max Trumpower ...
Chicago Worker
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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 »

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Family | Adventure

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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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$2,135,577 (USA)
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First credited cinema movie appearance of actress Meredith Salenger. See more »

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Natty's hat falls off while fighting with Frankie near the beginning of the film. In the next shot, it's back on her head. See more »

Quotes

Sherman: Oh, no, Natty.
[puppy yips in background]
Sherman: . Do I look like an animal shelter?
Natty Gann: Don't worry, I'll keep this one.
Sherman: That's what you said the last time.
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One of Disney's Best!!!
19 May 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I was waiting a long time to see this movie. Part of the reason why was that Disney made a poor decision by releasing this movie in pan and scan on DVD. After several failed attempts to convince Disney to release a widescreen version, I gave up and purchased a region-free DVD player and then purchased the region 2 version which was in widescreen.

All I can say was, it was worth it. Journey of Natty Gann is a wonderful movie and is perhaps one of Disney's best. The cast features Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise and Scatman Crothers who all put in terrific performances (special mention also goes out to Jed the dog who plays Natty's wolf companion). This movies also boasts some incredible outdoor photography and a memorable music score by James Horner.

The story is about a twelve year old girl named Natty (Meredith Salenger) who travels across 1930's America in search of her father. Along the way she has several adventures and meets up with another runaway named Harry (John Cusack).

I definitely recommend seeing this one.


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