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The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon (1997)

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 »


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Jack London (novel), Graham Ludlow (screenplay)

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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


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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Rated PG for violence and language | See all certifications »






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



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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True to the book, and hardly a Children's movie.
2 February 2007 | by dietrich87See all my reviews

Jack London's story about man and dog is very finely rendered in this cinema version. The book is usually found in the Children's section of the library, but the theme is hardly kid-stuff, and this movie version is true the book. London went to Skagway and soaked up the gold-rush fever that led thousands of desperate fortune-hunters to venture into the Arctic in 1898. The film recreates that historic setting. If you have never read the book, get it and read it before viewing this film. London wrote a lot of books set in the frozen north, but my favorite is his short "story" entitled "To Build a Fire". Start with that, if you can find it, as an introduction to this prolific and great American writer.

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