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Against the Wild (2013)

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Two siblings and their devoted dog become lost in the wilderness and must learn how to combine their skills, trust their instincts and navigate a terrain as beautiful as it is untamed.


Richard Boddington
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
CJ Adams ... Zach Wade
Erin Pitt ... Hannah Wade
Natasha Henstridge ... Susan Wade
Ted Whittall ... Robert Wade
John Tench ... Captain Walker
Rainbow Francks ... Charlie Foster (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Jennifer Gibson ... Sheila
Sarah Deakins ... Sergeant McCoy
Shawn Storer Shawn Storer ... Eric
Greg Campbell Greg Campbell ... Bill Peters
Chuck Willcocks Chuck Willcocks ... Jimmy
Barney ... The Bear
Houston ... Chinook


Zach Wade, a mischievous kid who - along with his younger sister Hannah and their devoted dog Chinook - becomes lost in the wilderness when their small plane has engine problems and must make an emergency landing. Their mom and dad are frantic, and rescue teams are searching. But for the next few days, Zach, Hannah and Chinook must learn how to combine their skills, trust their instincts and navigate a terrain as beautiful as it is untamed. Written by Anchor Bay Entertainment Kids & Family

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Plot Keywords:

salmon | cave | See All (2) »


Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action and peril | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

11 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avontuur in de wildernis See more »

Filming Locations:

Lions Head, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Against the Wild Films See more »
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Did You Know?


The country in which the movie is set is not is not specifically identified within the film. However, the film was shot in the Georgian Bay area of Ontario, Canada, on the east side of Lake Huron. The seaplane that flies Zack and Hanna from their family's home north to the Ackerman Mines International site where their father, Robert, is working has the Canadian aircraft registration C-GYLN near its tail and under its wings (at 0:13:15). The first geographic location mentioned in the movie is Lake Wipissing (at 0:10:52), where Robert is working, which is from 45 to 80 miles northeast of Georgian Bay. The second geographic location mentioned is Goose Bay (at 0:20:37), which is located on Sturgeon Lake 170 miles south of Lake Wipissing. See more »


(at around 9 mins) The shots of Zack and Hanna riding in a seaplane to visit their father on Lake Wipissing were taken inside a stationary plane with computer effect scenes seen through the side windows, but most of the computer effect shots were taken with a camera pointing in the direction of flight while the windows on which they are displayed are side windows looking perpendicular to the direction of flight, resulting in the plane appearing to be flying sideways in various shots. See more »


Followed by Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti (2016) See more »

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25 January 2015 | by scottkissingerSee all my reviews

This is a low-budget film, supposedly $2M Canadian, but I'm not sure where they spent the money. Writing is not good, cinematography is not good, editing is horrible, acting is bad. If you watch it with your 6-9 year old, then it's probably okay. Older kids than this will laugh at the movie (adults will too). This particular director and writer specializes in these family films with pet dogs. Good clean family movie though. But, I'd say spend your money elsewhere. Dialogue is very abrupt and awkward in many parts. The film has a decent beginning and middle, but ending happens very suddenly and is very contrived. If your kids like animals, then they will probably like this film - aside from the dog, there is a bear, raccoon, wolves and salmon!

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