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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

Elephants disrupt the lives of a family deep in the jungles of Northern Siam, and an entire village.

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Achmed Abdullah (titles)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Natives of the Wild Natives of the Wild ... Themselves
Wild Beasts Wild Beasts ... Themselves
The Jungle The Jungle ... Itself
Kru Kru ... Kru - the Lao Tribesman
Chantui Chantui ... Chantui - His Wife
Nah Nah ... Nah - Son and Heir of the House of Kru
Ladah Ladah ... Their Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimbo the Monkey Bimbo the Monkey
Namul Namul
Than Than ... A Friend from the Lao Village
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Storyline

Kru is a pioneer, living deeper in the jungle of northern Siam than any of his predecessors. He solves the problems caused by leopards and tigers attacking his stock by setting traps and killing those beasts. A baby chang (the Siamese word for elephant) is caught in his trap, and thinking he would tame it so it will work for him one day, he tethers it to a post under his house, which is on stilts. Its mother comes and destroys his house. Kru and his family flee to the village, where a mammoth herd of elephants suddenly appear and decimates the buildings in the village. But the villagers fight back. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Always man and the jungle have been at conflict. Man hacks away at the jungle and builds his cities. But today-tomorrow-next year-or a hundred years from now- the jungle swallows the cities and they are no more. (Print Ad-Daily Times, ((Longmont, Colo.)) 12 November 1927) See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack had a script all worked out for the film but had to frequently resort to improvisation when the animals involved refused to co-operate. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: But Man must live... So Man fights on.
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Crazy Credits

The CAST: --- Natives of the Wild: who have never seen a motion picture. --- Wild Beasts: who have never had to fear a modern rifle. --- The Jungle. See more »

Alternate Versions

Milestone Film and Video has issued a video with a music score by Bruce Gaston (copyrighted in 1991) and performed by Fong Naam. The running time is 69 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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Worth watching for the animal footage and scoring in the re-issue
2 October 2000 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This documentary was nominated for Artistic Quality of Production for the very first Academy Awards. The category appeared only once, apparently to give recognition to works with more critical than commercial success. Chang holds up very well and despite at times being too ridiculous for words is well worth viewing for the shots of animals in the wild and an enchanting musical score added in re-release. Brought to you by the same production team that did the original King Kong.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

3 September 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chang See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand

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Budget:

$60 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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