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The Call of the Wild (1972)

A house dog is abducted and brought to the north as a sled dog.


Ken Annakin




Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... John Thornton
Michèle Mercier ... Calliope Laurent (as Michelle Mercier)
Raimund Harmstorf ... Pete (as Raymond Harmstorf)
George Eastman ... Black Burton
Maria Rohm ... Mercedes
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Seze
Sancho Gracia ... Taglish Charlie
Friedhelm Lehmann Friedhelm Lehmann ... Charles
Horst Heuck Horst Heuck ... Hal
Rik Battaglia ... Dutch Harry
Alf Malland Alf Malland ... Constantine
Alfredo Mayo ... Judge Miller
Sverre Wilberg Sverre Wilberg ... Colonel
Olov Pedersen Olov Pedersen ... Red Sweater
Per Amvik Per Amvik ... François


A house dog is abducted and brought to the north as a sled dog.

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According to Charlton Heston, the scenes in Dead Horse Pass were filmed with an actual dead horse, provided by a local slaughterhouse. See more »


John Thornton: You hit that dog one more time, I'm gonna kill ya.
Hal: Go to hell! He's mine and I'll do what I like with him.
John Thornton: I shot four varmints already this morning. One more don't matter none to me.
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Faithful adaption of Jack London classic
24 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As the only name we American viewers will recognize in the cast, Charlton Heston does very well in the lead role of John Thornton rugged prospector in the Klondike Gold Rush. There are two leads of course, the other being Buck the lead sled dog that Heston puts more store in than most people.

It's not a misanthropic position by any means. As anyone who lives in the frozen north on any continent, a good sled dog is still the best transportation around. One that is loyal and smart like Buck is worth more than the gold he might carry out of a strike.

The only other version I saw of this story is the one that starred Clark Gable and Loretta Young in the Thirties, That one took considerable liberties with the story. This version is faithful to Jack London's novella which came out when folks were still panning for gold in this area in 1902.

You'll not know any other names from the cast except possibly French actress Michele Mercier who plays a saloon owner in Dawson City and who would like Heston to settle down with her. But The Call Of The Wild is as strong in him as it is in Buck The Dog who discovers his second cousin the wolf and yearns for their open existence. Though the dog develops an affection for his human the same way Heston has for the dog.

Heston is rugged and fine in the lead role. The non-recognition of the other players works out because it lends an air of authenticity to the film. Ken Annakin's direction is on target and the location cinematography done in the Lapland country of Norway and Finland is magnificent.

Heston wasn't crazy about the film, I imagine it was one rugged location shoot for him. Still his fans should like it and I can tell you he's done worse films than The Call Of The Wild.

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17 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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Lapland, Finland See more »

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