True Heart (1997)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  15 June 1999 (USA)
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A brother and sister are plane-wrecked in Canada, where they must rely on the help of a native and his bear.



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A brother and sister are plane-wrecked in Canada, where they must rely on the help of a native and his bear.

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Rated PG for adventure violence and peril, and for language | See all certifications »




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Absturz in der Wildnis  »

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Sam and Bonnie are twins, but in actuality, Zachery Ty Bryan is six months older than Kirsten Dunst. See more »


A hand-drawn star map shows the handle of the Big Dipper pointing to the North Star (which is in the Little Dipper), and Khonanesta describes using the Big Dipper to find the North Star as shown on the map. This would not work. Actually the two stars in the front of the bowl of the Big Dipper point to the North Star. The handle points to various directions depending on the season, but never towards the North Star. See more »


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Good light entertainment
8 October 2007 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a pretty good adventure flick. Perhaps not for everyone, but it was an entertaining midday movie if nothing more.

This movie is definitely more for kids and families. Some of the elements verge on magical (which has got some of the commenters on this site up in arms but I think the point is to suspend your disbelief - it's an adventure flick for children), morality plays a huge role and the line between good and evil is clearly defined.

Basically it's the story of how 2 children, Bonnie and Sam, find their way to safety after their plane crashes in the wilderness, helped by nature-loving wilderness-man Khonanesta and hindered by a group of greedy, selfish poachers with guns. The kids sort of find themselves the middle of an existing battle over the bears.

There are a few moral issues raised, which is standard and I think appropriate for the target audience. The conservation of nature vs the greed of the poachers (who are clearly defined as "bad guys" from the get-go). Acceptance and looking beyond first impressions are major themes - the kids have to learn to trust Khonanesta who seems strange to them at first (they also have to trust the bear to a degree). There is also an ongoing moral sub-plot about how they can't let go of the memory of their dead father and have a strong resentment towards their stepfather which Khonanesta tries to help them resolve.

Kirsten Dunst is always good, and always seems to have a knack for action/adventure- which this movie is certainly equal parts of. The Home Improvement kid was pretty stilted, didn't seem to really make much of his character which made parts of the script drag. Their relationship could have been more convincing. The Khonanesta character was a bit clichéd in the way he spoke, but I can't really see any other way they could have got the story across in a way that English speaking children could understand.

If you're looking for gritty realism you won't find it here, but if that's the case get outta the family section and grab something based on a true story. If you're after a story of hope and courage - family style - then you're on the right track with this one.

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