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Challenge to White Fang (1974)

Il ritorno di Zanna Bianca (original title)
Sequel to Lucio Fulci's first 'White Fang' has the wolf-dog once again trying to stop the villainous Beauty Smith from claiming a recently discovered gold mine in 1899 Yukon, Canada.


Lucio Fulci


Lucio Fulci (screenplay), Roberto Gianviti (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Jason Scott
Virna Lisi ... Sister Evangelina
John Steiner ... Beauty Smith / Charles Forth
Raimund Harmstorf Raimund Harmstorf ... Kurt Jansen (as Raimind Harmstors)
Yanti Somer ... Liverpool's Sister
Werner Pochath ... Harvey
Hannelore Elsner ... Jane LeClerq
Renato De Carmine Renato De Carmine ... Lt. Charles LeClerq
Harry Carey Jr. ... John Tarwater
Renato Cestiè Renato Cestiè ... Bill Tarwater
Donald O'Brien ... Liverpool (as Donal O'Brien)
Rolf Hartmann Rolf Hartmann ... Carter
John Bartha John Bartha ... Mountie Sergeant
Paolo Magalotti Paolo Magalotti ... Smith's Henchman #1
Sergio Smacchi Sergio Smacchi ... Smith's Henchman #2


Lucio Fulci's sequel to Zianna Bianca (White Fang), set some years after the events in the first White Fang movie, has the wolf-dog befriended by another young boy, named Bill Tarwater, the grandson of fur trader John Tarwater, in which the dog teams up once again with novelist Jason Scott and his partner Kurt Jansen to stop the evil Beauty Smith, now living under the alias Forth, in another Northern Canada town and exploiting the townspeople including Sister Evangelina who's trying to open a new mission hospital in town. Written by Anonymous

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An old man's promise, a young boy's hope, a brave dog's courage!


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Release Date:

October 1975 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cinecitta, Rome, Italy See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Follow-up to ¨White Fang¨ with noisy action , adventures and spectacular Austrian landscapes .
3 March 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

"Challenge to White Fang" or "Il Ritorno di Zanna Bianca" (original title) is an exciting adventure set in Alaska during Gold Rush . The wolf dog , White Fang, aids a little boy , an elderly man , a nun, of ridding a gold mining town of a sleazy crime lord in 1899 Yukón , Canada . Set at the end of the 19th century in Canada's gold rush Klondike area . There come all kinds of adventurers , good guys and bad guys . One of them results to be the ambitious Beauty Smith . Wolf-dog White Fang teams up with an old mountain man and a boy when his master , a young Eskimo , is killed . Together they try to avenge his death . This adventure movie is set at the end 19th Century , in the Klondike region of Yukon, Canada . It has as starring the wolf-dog named White Fang , as when his master is killed by the evil , unscrupulous Beauty Smith (John Steiner), then the trusty dog is adopted by a young boy , Bill (Renato Cestie) , the grandson of fur trader named John Tarwater (Harry Carey J. , usual actor in John Ford films) . Meanwhile , the grandfather , an old man named John Tarwater and his grandson arrive to the small gold town and befriend Jason Scott . After that , the dog teams up the avenger prospector Scott (Franco Nero) and his friend Kurt Jansen (Raimund Harmstorf) , who seek revenge against the notorious villain Beauty Smith . But Beauty changes his identity posing as a wealthy bound-wheelchair and now living under the alias Forth in another Northern Canada town , claiming a recently discovered gold mine and exploiting the villagers . There also appears Sister Evangelina (Virna Lisi) who's attempting to build a new mission hospital in the small town . A bit later on , Evangelina shows proof of his criminal past to the Canadian Mounted Police , and she subsequently has her mission burned down . The prospector and his faithful mate , the wolf-dog, attempt to stop the evildoer , the ambitious , snarling businessman called Smith and his hoodlums . A dying old prospector bequeaths his newly discovered gold-mine to John Tarwater , but the mean businessman tries to claim it for himself . As Smith/Charles Forth is blackmailing prospectors and deceiving of faking manner to the natives by means of stealing them supplies and the Alaskan gold mines and to profit from townspeople .

This follow-up to ¨Lucio Fulci's White Fang ¨(with Franco Nero , Virna Lisi , Fernando Rey , John Steiner , Rik Battaglia , Daniel Martin and Carole André) is a tepid and light-hearted adventure about known and classic novel by Jack London . Here the famous dog teams up once again with novelist Jason Scott , Franco Nero , and his colleague Kurt Jansen , Raimund Harmstorf who has a brief intervention , to detain the nasty Beauty Smith . Lumpy blend of adventures, action , villainy, though needlessly violent and aimed to young people . The film is loosely based on the novel by Jack London , though differs significantly from the book but this is an invented version , however remains the essential elements as the young-dog friendship , the gold rush , spectacular outdoors and locations and several moving scenes . The talent of diverse and wasting casting is redeemed in part for the spectacular outdoors filmed on Austrian landscapes . It's a passable sequel that maintains the charm and adventure style of the previous film but still makes for decent juvenile amusement . Breathtaking final scenes when take place some impressive sledge races across the tundra . Weak screenplay from Alberto Silvestri , Lucio Fulci and Roberto Gianviti who also wrote in similar similar style to former movie . Atmospheric and evocative musical score by Carlo Rustichelli who also composed ¨White Fang¨ . The film is rated PG-13 (Parents guide), because contains some violent scenes about killing of a boy at the beginning , a cruel fighting between eagle and dog , a strong slap against a kid , people hitting to ¨White Fang¨ and brutal biting , among others . The motion picture was regularly directed by Lucio Fulci , an expert filmmaker of terror movies full of blood and gore . It was followed by an acceptable sequel : "White Fang to the Rescue" (1974) by Tonino Ricci , who in previous film was director assistant , with Maurizio Merli , Henry Silva , Renzo Palmer, Benito Stefanelli and Donald O'Brien .

Other films about dogs inspired by Jack London novels are the followings : ¨Call of the wild ¨ by Ken Annakin with Charlton Heston , ¨White Fang¨ (1991) by Randal Kleiser with Ethan Kawke as young prospector and Klaus Maria Brandauer , and ¨The return of White Fang¨ (1994) by Ken Olin with Scott Bairstow and once again Ethan Hawke . And "The Cry of the Wolf" by Gianfranco Baldanello with Joan Collins , Jack Palance , Manuel De Blas , ¨Buck¨ by Tonino Ricci with John Savage and ¨Buck and the magic bracelet ¨ by Tonino Ricci with Matt McCoy .

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