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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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Sherman
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Farm Woman
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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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The journey that made the impossible come true. (trailer) See more »

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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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$2,135,577 (USA)
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The movie's screenwriter Jeanne Rosenberg specializes in animal movies and has penned or co-written screenplays for such other creature pictures as Bambi II (2006), White Fang (1991), Running Free (1999), The Black Stallion (1979), The Young Black Stallion (2003) and China: The Panda Adventure (2001). See more »

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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 »

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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 The Golden Girls: Family Affair (1986) See more »

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A heartwarming classic
9 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this yet, go rent it. A heartwarming account of a young girl making her way across the country to get back to her father during the depression. One of the earlier reviews was talking about how all of the bad things that happen to Natty are inappropriate for a disney movie, but I think that those are the things that make this film so great. It is a gritty, realistic, non sugar coated story. The things that are shown to happen to Natty happen every day and have been for many many years. They bring drama and "heart" to the film, and make it what it is. Combine the latter with unbelievable cinematography of America, very good performances, and you are left with a very memorable, timeless film. I only wish that Disney would release it on DVD in widescreen. With such great widescreen nature cinematography, having to repeatedly watch the "chopped up" pan and scan version on vhs is killing me!! If you release it we will buy it!!!


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