Three brothers who are obsessed with animals are given permission from their parents to travel around America with a camera documenting wildlife.


William Dear
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... Marshall
Devon Sawa ... Mark
Scott Bairstow ... Marty
Frances Fisher ... Agnes
Jamey Sheridan ... Marty Sr.
Tracey Walter ... Leon
Don Stroud ... Stango
Zack Ward ... D.C.
Claudia Stedelin ... Annie
Anastasia Spivey Anastasia Spivey ... Donna Jo
Leighanne Littrell Leighanne Littrell ... Tanna (as Leighanne Wallace)
Amy Lee Douglas Amy Lee Douglas ... Julie Anne
Sonny Shroyer ... Bud
Rachel Fowler ... Sarah
Jennifer Crumbley ... Betsy


Three brothers - Marshall, Marty and Mark dream of becoming naturalists and portraying animal life of America. One summer their dream comes true, they travel through America, filming alligators, bears and moose. Written by Anonymous

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take a ride on the wild side.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


There is a scene in a camera shop when Mark is looking at a dog and he turns into a lion. This scene was shot in cuts. The dog was placed in a down/stay position by the trainer with a food reward. Then the lion was placed on the same mark that the dog had been on and with verbal and hand signals the trainer cued the lion to turn his head and roar. When the lion was being led to and from the set, all non essential personnel were removed from the area. Extra security and wranglers were strategically positioned around the area. See more »


When the boys are going back to the cave after Mark has broken his leg, he is using one crutch and on the wrong leg. He is using it to support the leg without the cast, and putting full pressure on the cast. Later he switches the crutch to the other side. See more »


Leon: [fantisizing with the clouds] I'm thinking dinosaur.
Marshall Stouffer: Rabbit lying down.
Leon: Could be a hog head. Big old skunk. Or a turtle. Chevy bumper.
Marshall Stouffer: [narrating] Leon had been in the Air Force with my dad. They used to patch up fighter planes, then Dad would take them up and test them. After the war, he followed my dad home, and lived with us ever since.
Leon: [still trying to make out what a cloud looks like] Bushel Basket. Gold spud. Nope, definitely a rabbit lying down.
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Crazy Credits

Wildlife documentary from the 1982 TV series by the real Marty Stouffer accompanies the credits. See more »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2016) See more »


Green Tambourine
Performed by The Lemon Pipers
Written by Shelley Pinz & Paul Leka
Courtesy of RCA Special Products
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It's a fun quirky and entertaining movie.
1 January 2021 | by hootowl-63183See all my reviews

I certainly don't have the credentials to analyze screenplays or actors performances. I'm just a ordinary guy who enjoyed this movie immensely. I will say this about anyone who doesn't enjoy this movie... I don't think I'd like having a beer them. Watch the movie, it's pretty darn good in my book. :)

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Release Date:

2 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild America See more »

Filming Locations:

Banff, Alberta, Canada See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,810,586, 6 July 1997

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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