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The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Poster

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Only two steam locomotives were used in the filming of this movie. Both steam locomotives are owned by the Province of British Columbia. The first engine which appears in most of the scenes is ex CP #3716. It had its number changed in a few scenes to give the illusion of more locomotives. It is now operational at the Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland, BC. The other steam locomotive is ex MB #1077 which is now operational at Fort Steele Heritage Town near Cranbrook, BC. #1077 also appeared in Shanghai Noon (2000) starring Jackie Chan. Both #3716 and #1077 also appeared together in the movie The Grey Fox (1982) about gentleman train robber Bill Miner.
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Final cinema movie appearance of actor Scatman Crothers.
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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).
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Natty Gann (Meredith Salenger)'s wolf-dog Jed also appeared in The Thing (1982) and White Fang (1991).
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First lead major starring role of actress Meredith Salenger.
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The film got Oscar nominated in the Best Costume Design category for costume designer Albert Wolsky but lost out to Emi Wada for Akira Kurosawa's Ran (1985).
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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.
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James Horner replaced Elmer Bernstein as the film's music composer. According to website "Filmtracks', only two short bits of Bernstein's score music remain in the picture.
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Elmer Bernstein's rejected score would ultimately be released on CD in 2008 in a set which also included his similarly-rejected compositions for Gangs of New York (2002) and The Scarlet Letter (1995). The set was called "Elmer Bernstein: The Unused Scores."
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Some three hundred teenagers auditioned for Natty Gann before Meredith Salenger was chosen. The production notes for the movie stated about two thousand young persons applied for the role.
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This film and Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) were the first non-comic roles and non-comedy cinema movies of actor John Cusack.
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A number of Oscar (Academy Award) winning crew-members were hired by producer Mike Lobell. These included costume designer Albert Wolsky and production designer Paul Sylbert.
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Many movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "Her name is Natty Gann. Two thousand miles of danger separate her from her father. Only love, hope and courage can help her find him".
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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.
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The film's closing credits declare that: "No animals were injured or harmed in the filming of this movie. Certain sequences were simulated".
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The picture is set in the year of 1935 and can be genre classified as being a depression-era drama.
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Actor Scatman Crothers played a character, Sherman, who had a similar first name that rhymed with his own.
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First credited cinema movie appearance of actress Meredith Salenger.
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During production, the film's title was simply "Natty Gann."
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The film's opening title card reads: "Chicago, 1935".
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