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The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.

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Jeremy Kagan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meredith Salenger ... Natty Gann
John Cusack ... Harry
Ray Wise ... Sol Gann
Lainie Kazan ... Connie
Scatman Crothers ... Sherman
Barry Miller ... Parker
Verna Bloom ... Farm Woman
Bruce M. Fischer ... Charlie Linfield
John Finnegan ... Logging Boss
Jack Rader ... Employment Agent
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Buzz
Jordan Pratt Jordan Pratt ... Frankie
Zachary Ansley ... Louie
Campbell Lane ... Chicago Moderator
Max Trumpower Max Trumpower ... Chicago Worker
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Natty Gann (played by Meredith Salenger) is a twelve year old Depression era girl whose single-parent father leaves her behind in Chicago while he goes to Washington State to look for work in the timber industry. Natty runs away from the guardian she was left with to follow Dad. She befriends and is befriended by a wolf that has been abused in dog fights, hops a freight train west, and is presumed dead when her wallet is found after the train crashes. Dad gets bitter and endangers himself in his new job. Meanwhile Natty has a series of adventures and mis- adventures in various farmhouses, police stations, hobo camps, reform schools, and boxcars. Written by Anonymous

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Family | Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Natty Gann See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,135,577
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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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. See more »

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When Natty jumps from the water tower to the moving train, she spills water on Harry and the contents of the freight car. Both Harry and the car are dry a few seconds later, when the wolf joins them. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [opens the door to a barn, looks inside, then speaks to Natty] It looks safe. Come on. Come on! It's empty! Nothin' in here but a pig, and he sure don't care.
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One of Disney's Best!!!
19 May 2005 | by MihoKiyo7See all my reviews

I was waiting a long time to see this movie. Part of the reason why was that Disney made a poor decision by releasing this movie in pan and scan on DVD. After several failed attempts to convince Disney to release a widescreen version, I gave up and purchased a region-free DVD player and then purchased the region 2 version which was in widescreen.

All I can say was, it was worth it. Journey of Natty Gann is a wonderful movie and is perhaps one of Disney's best. The cast features Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise and Scatman Crothers who all put in terrific performances (special mention also goes out to Jed the dog who plays Natty's wolf companion). This movies also boasts some incredible outdoor photography and a memorable music score by James Horner.

The story is about a twelve year old girl named Natty (Meredith Salenger) who travels across 1930's America in search of her father. Along the way she has several adventures and meets up with another runaway named Harry (John Cusack).

I definitely recommend seeing this one.


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