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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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Family | Adventure

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PG | See all certifications »

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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Natty Gann  »

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$2,135,577 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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This was among many '70s and '80s Disney titles that the studio licensed for DVD to Anchor Bay Entertainment, an independent distributor best known for its cult titles. However, Disney opted not to renew its deal with Anchor Bay before any such DVD existed. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Harry: You're a real woman of the world, kid.
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Connections

Referenced in Starlight Hotel (1987) See more »

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Great Depression-era adventure with female lead star
31 December 2005 | by (Bath, England) – See all my reviews

'The Journey of Natty Gann' was a film that I watched several times when I was a child. I enjoyed it because there are few movies in which there is a female lead character who is a tomboy, and I could easily relate to this character, being a tomboy and seeking adventure myself.

This film is about Natty, a girl during the Great Depression, who is separated from her father. She runs away from her guardian to try to find her father and finds compassion in an captive wolf in a similar situation. During her travels, she meets many new people, including a love interest, and puts herself into danger. She's always on the run in her attempt to get to her father.

This film is a good family historical film, and it is packed full of adventure and danger. It has some good messages behind it, and it is easy to see the similarities in the two lead outcasts: wolf and girl. It's a great film because it has a female lead character who is a tomboy.


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