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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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Buzz
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Frankie
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Louie
Campbell Lane ...
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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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With innocence behind her and danger ahead, only courage and love were on her side. [UK] 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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The picture is set in the year of 1935 and can be genre classified as being a depression-era drama. See more »

Goofs

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

[Wolf is running alongside the train that Natty and Harry are aboard]
Natty Gann: Come on Wolf! Come on!
Harry: He's not gonna make it.
Natty Gann: Come on!
Harry: He's not gonna make it.
Natty Gann: [encouraging] Come on!
[Wolf turns and successfully jumps on board the train. Natty hugs him]
Harry: [looks ahead] He made it.
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1 April 2003 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

This is a nice movie about a courageous girl just trying to get to her father, with a little help from friends, and even more enemies. Meredith Salenger was perfect for the part of Natty Gann. She's cute, tough, and just a good actress. (So, how then did shwe go into movies such as Dream a Little Dream?) John Cusack, as always is a doll. This is a good movie for eveybody. 7.2 out of 10.


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