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True Heart (1997)

A brother and sister are plane-wrecked in Canada, where they must rely on the help of a native and his bear.


Catherine Cyran


Catherine Cyran

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Complete credited cast:
Kirsten Dunst ... Bonnie
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Sam
August Schellenberg ... Khonanesta
Dey Young ... Wanda
Michael Gross ... Dick
Tom McBeath ... Quint
Ben Cardinal ... Ranger Simon Blackcrow
John Novak ... Louie
Vincent Gale ... George
Darren Moore ... Johnny
Mitchell Kosterman ... Ranger Charlie Cartwright (as Mitch Kosterman)
Mark Acheson ... Red Head Man
Garvin Cross ... Bi-Plane Pilot
Duncan Fraser ... Lloyd Nelson
Larry Musser ... Ranger Virgil


Two city kids gain a new perspective on life when they're lost in rugged Northwestern Canada in this adventure for the family. Sam (Zachery Ty Bryan) and Bonnie (Kirsten Dunst) are two teenage siblings who don't always get along, a situation made more uncomfortable by their mother's recent remarriage. While Sam and Bonnie are flying home on a small chartered place, their flight crashes in the wilderness of British Columbia. Sam and Bonnie are the only survivors of the wreck and must fend for themselves until they are discovered by Khonanesta (August Schellenberg), a Native North American who lives in the woods with his only companion, a huge Kodiak bear he's named "Grandfather." Khonanesta teaches Sam and Bonnie how to live off the land, and as they learn how to survive in the wild, they become closer, more confident, and better adjusted; they also help Khonanesta foil a group of game poachers who are illegally hunting bear in the wilderness. Bonnie and Sam's mother and stepfather ...

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Rated PG for adventure violence and peril, and for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

15 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Absturz in der Wildnis See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Orion Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


Sam and Bonnie are twins, but in actuality, Zachery Ty Bryan is six months older than Kirsten Dunst. See more »


After the plane crashes and Khonanesta finds Sam and Bonnie, Sam has a line of blood trickling down the right side of his face. As the trio begin their adventure, just about a minute later, the blood is gone. See more »


References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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15 January 2005 | by iambilliamSee all my reviews

Terrible film. Horrible dialogue. The underlying message to protect the environment is annoying. And why is it that in every movie with a Native American in a lead role, he must act exactly like every other stereotyped Native American character ever portrayed. Filmmakers need to understand that Native Americans are people too, not just Mother Nature's inexorable minions out to save the earth from the evil poachers. Ughh. Catherine Cyran, the writer and director (whose other writing credits include Slumber Party Massacre III), must be another one of Mother Nature's minions trying to save the earth through her film-making. I don't mind a someone making a movie that speaks about the environment and the way some people hurt it. However, I feel Miss Cyran did not really want to tell the story of two lost children trying to get home. She just wanted to make a movie that supported her environmentalist viewpoints, and needed this plot to do it. The problem is the end result is not subtle. It is obvious and stilted. Hence my vote of 1.

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