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
With innocence behind her and danger ahead, only courage and love were on her side. [UK]
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Actress Meredith Salenger
won the Best Starring Performance by a Young Actress - Motion Picture Award in a Feature Film at the 7th Young Artist Awards in 1984/85 where the film was also nominated for Best Family Motion Picture Drama. 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
[Gann hangs up the phone after speaking with Connie and a man's voice is heard while the camera continues to focus on Gann
What's the matter, Gann?
They found my kid's wallet buried under a train in Colorado.
What the hell was she doing in Colorado?
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