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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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Harry
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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 ...
Chicago Moderator
Max Trumpower ...
Chicago Worker
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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »

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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Natty Gann  »

Box Office

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$2,135,577 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film and Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) were the first non-comic roles and non-comedy cinema movies of actor John Cusack. See more »

Goofs

After Sol tops off his first tree, he puts his axe on the top. He then climbs up to sit on the top, but the axe has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [Harry has just hauled Natty into the boxcar, where she was dangling dangerously over the edge] You know, uh, you can get hurt that way.
Hobo: I thought *that* one was a goner.
Hobo: *Rail* meat.
Hobo: Little bits of blood and busted...
Harry: Leave the kid alone!
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Referenced in Race to Witch Mountain (2009) See more »

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Great movie. *CRUMMY* DVD.
24 February 2003 | by (Lincoln, Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw it in theatres when I was a kid, I bought the VHS when 1st available; I was overjoyed to the point of near misty-eyed-ness when I recieved the DVD from my wife. TjoNG is one of the reasons I fell in love with wolves & learned to overcome my American cultural ignorance of them. The movie is the reason I listened more closely to my grandparents tales of the depression; why I stopped thinking depression meant an emotional state & recognized it as an economic problem. You & your kids can *LEARN* something from this movie, you can enjoy watching it, again & again; there's a marvelous emotional hurrah! throughout the entire story, Disney at it's finest without the clubbed-over-the-head forced-spoon-fed social & morality message & commentary. The scenery is breathtaking, you kinda think I wish I could go back to then & live in that incredible world. The music is perfect, nudging & reinforcing without interrupting or annoying. This is also one of Scatman Caruthers' last roles, doing what he does best; adding a touch of autheniticty that makes our suspension of disbelief effortless. The DVD is a horiffic slap in the face to the theatrical release, the cast, crew & it's *SO* bad it makes the movie look shoddy. I won't reiterate what the other people so ably & eloquently illustrated of the flaws, I'll just say BUY THE VHS! if you can't, well, this DVD is better than nothing. Barely. The only reason there're 3 stars is because I was in the theatre on a magical night near to 2 decades ago & I *KNOW* what should have been on this disc. Let's not even mention the despair of finding no extra features.


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