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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Family | Adventure

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's closing credits declare that: "No animals were injured or harmed in the filming of this movie. Certain sequences were simulated". See more »

Goofs

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

Sherman: Sol, you got no choice. It's a *job*.
Sol Gann: [distractedly] Yeah.
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Featured in Fun Factory: Episode #1.31 (1986) See more »

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A heartwarming classic
9 April 2002 | by Brandon ChanceSee all my reviews

If you haven't seen this yet, go rent it. A heartwarming account of a young girl making her way across the country to get back to her father during the depression. One of the earlier reviews was talking about how all of the bad things that happen to Natty are inappropriate for a disney movie, but I think that those are the things that make this film so great. It is a gritty, realistic, non sugar coated story. The things that are shown to happen to Natty happen every day and have been for many many years. They bring drama and "heart" to the film, and make it what it is. Combine the latter with unbelievable cinematography of America, very good performances, and you are left with a very memorable, timeless film. I only wish that Disney would release it on DVD in widescreen. With such great widescreen nature cinematography, having to repeatedly watch the "chopped up" pan and scan version on vhs is killing me!! If you release it we will buy it!!!


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