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
Her name is Natty Gann. Two thousand miles of danger separate her from her father. Only love, hope and courage can help her find him.
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Did You Know?
Some three hundred teenagers auditioned for Natty Gann before Meredith Salenger
was chosen. The production notes for the movie stated about two thousand young persons applied for the role. See more
When Wolf disappears into the woods and Natty has no choice but to run after the speeding train (where Harry is already on board), a camera operator's lower body can be seen sitting on a board that seems to be attached to the side of the train. See more
[opens the door to a barn, looks inside, then speaks to Natty
It looks safe. Come on. Come on! It's empty! Nothin' in here but a pig, and he sure don't care.