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The Call of the Wild (2020)

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A sled dog struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon.

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Chris Sanders

Writers:

Michael Green (screenplay by), Jack London (based upon the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... John Thornton
Omar Sy ... Perrault
Cara Gee ... Francoise
Dan Stevens ... Hal
Bradley Whitford ... Judge Miller
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Katie Miller
Michael Horse ... Edenshaw
Karen Gillan ... Mercedes
Colin Woodell ... Charles
Micah Fitzgerald ... Red Sweater
Heather McPhaul ... Head Cook
Adam Fergus ... James
Stephanie Czajkowski ... Postmaster
Abraham Benrubi ... Skookum Bench King
Thomas Adoue Polk ... Assistant Postmaster

How Harrison Ford Answered 'The Call of the Wild'

The Call of the Wild star Harrison Ford shares how his movie adaptation differs from the classic novel — and how he bonded with Buck, the CGI pooch at the heart of the story.

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The Call of the Wild is a vibrant story of Buck, a big and kindhearted dog, a crossbreed between a St. Bernard and a Scotch Collie, whose carefree life of leisure was suddenly upset when he was stolen from his home in Santa Clara County, California and deported up north, to be sold in Skagway, Alaska, and taken further north, to Dawson City, Yukon, during the late 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. As a newcomer to the dog team delivery service - and not before long their front-runner - Buck, a dog like no other, who had been spoiled, and who had suffered, but he could not be broken, is having the time of his life. Forced to fight to survive, eventually taken by his last owner, John Thornton, to proximity of the Arctic Circle, somewhere between Yukon and Alaska, he progressively depends on his primal instincts, sheds the comforts of civilization and responds to "the call of the wild", as master of his own. Written by Davor Blazevic 1959 <davor.blazevic@yahoo.com>

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Based on the Legendary Novel.


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Rated PG for some violence, peril, thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After John Thornton rescues Buck, a few sketches of a dog are visible pinned on the back wall of Thornton's residence outside of Dawson (presumed to have been drawn while Buck was recovering). If you look closely, these sketches resemble a Bernese mountain dog more than Buck's St. Bernard/Scotch shepherd mixed breed from the book, because Buck's design at that point in production was (at a producer's request) based on a Bernese mountain dog and had yet to be changed to the final model seen in the film. See more »

Goofs

When John and Buck are rowing downstream at night, the reflection of the moon is seen clearly in the water, but it's not mirrored. See more »

Quotes

John Thornton: [narrates] There's a place in these mountains where a new breed of timber wolf roams, wiser than men or wolf, because of the dog that runs at the head of a pack. Now... they live without fear, raise their young and flourish.
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Crazy Credits

This is the first film released under the 20th Century Studios banner (previously known as 20th Century Fox).

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Alternate Versions

Prior to re-shoots, Mercedes, Charles, and the remaining dog team die (off-screen) on the broken-up river; only Hal survives to return to Dawson and confront John Thornton in the Argonaut saloon. (Paraphrased: "I lost everything because of you: my dogs... my sister...") Despite successful test screenings, studio heads changed this to Hal saying, "My dogs ran off" -- indicating the team and (one assumes) Mercedes and Charles survived -- in an attempt to keep children from being upset. See more »


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Chris Sanders is a Good Boy
19 February 2020 | by WillsFilmsSee all my reviews

The Call of The Wild is a solid, incredibly well made movie. Buck is an extremely likeable protagonist who goes on a compelling journey of self discovery. Despite being a dog and not having a word of dialogue, Buck is an incredibly interesting, three dimensional character with a well developed arc. The CGI used to bring him to life is amazing. While it doesn't always look natural, Buck's CGI model is so expressive and can cause the viewer to experience a variety of different emotions, despite not even being there. Harrison Ford also does well as the elderly, depressed John Thornton, carrying a great deal of tragedy and mystery about his past throughout the movie. The movie also features stunning cinematography, with several beautiful shots and camera angles. It's a true joy to look at. However, there are a few problems with the movie. For starters, John Thornton narrates a lot throughout the movie, despite not being present for, and therefore having no way of knowing about, the events that he's describing. Another issue is Dan Stevens' character; Hal. Hal is an entirely unnecessary, one dimensional antagonist, who just doesn't work with the story this movie is trying to tell. His presence also completely derails John Thornton's resolution. However, despite these problems, I still recommend The Call Of The Wild. It's a fantastic movie, with an incredible protagonist and stunningly beautiful visuals that you shouldn't miss.


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Release Date:

21 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,791,624, 23 February 2020

Gross USA:

$62,342,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,604,626
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