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The Call of the Wild (1997)

The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon (original title)
Jack London's classic story from 1903 about Buck, a dog kidnapped from his home in California and taken to the Yukon where he is mistreated until a prospector discovers him and relates to ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Svatek

Writers:

Jack London (novel), Graham Ludlow (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... John Thornton
Bronwen Booth Bronwen Booth ... Mercedes (as Bronwên Booth)
Charles Edwin Powell ... Hal (as Charles Powell)
Burke Lawrence Burke Lawrence ... Charles
Luc Morissette Luc Morissette ... M. Perrault (as Luc Morrissette)
Robert Pierre Côté Robert Pierre Côté ... Francoise
John Novak ... Mr. Matthewson the Gambling Man
Richard Dreyfuss ... Narrator (voice)
John Dunn-Hill John Dunn-Hill ... Thornton's Partner Hans
Jack Langedijk Jack Langedijk ... Thornton's Partner Pete
Michael Shanks ... Fellow Gambler #1
Raymond Ducasse Raymond Ducasse ... Judge Miller
Eric Hoziel ... The Kidnapper
Deano Clavet ... The Baggage Man
Barry Blake Barry Blake ... The Man in the Red Sweater
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Jack London's classic story from 1903 about Buck, a dog kidnapped from his home in California and taken to the Yukon where he is mistreated until a prospector discovers him and relates to his situation. Although the two are bonded, Buck yearns to run free with the wild dogs in the wilderness. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Adventure

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Rated PG for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack London's The Call of the Wild See more »

Filming Locations:

Quebec, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[referring to Buck, the Yukon Dog]
Narrator: And he knew that John Thornton was dead. It left a great void in him somewhat akin to hunger, but a void that ached and ached...and which food could not fill.
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Best movie based on London's book so far
1 December 1999 | by irfantSee all my reviews

It is a pity that we have yet to see good movies doing justice to Jack London's "Call of the Wild" and "The Sea Wolf" novels. This movie is the best I have seen for the former. The background music is great, scenery is spectacular, acting is good, and Jack London's great story is well narrated. The novel remains the best dog story ever told (I don't have any pets), but this movie should appeal to all who love outdoors. Besides, there is plenty of depth in this movie, dealing with nature and nurture, survival of the fittest etc. I give it 9 out of 10.


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