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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.

Director:

Chris Sanders

Writers:

Michael Green (screenplay by), Jack London (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... John Thornton
Omar Sy ... Perrault
Cara Gee ... Françoise
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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A digital version of Brody, director Chris Sanders' and Jessica Steele-Sanders' first dog, has a brief cameo encountering Buck in the Skagway dog pen prior to Buck's purchase by Perrault. Brody was the real-life "adopted brother" of Buckley, the dog who served as the model for the CG Buck. See more »

Goofs

While writing a letter to his wife, Sarah, John Thornton writes the word "every" but says the word "each" in his voiceover. See more »

Quotes

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John Thornton: [narrates] Some say that's the legend. Not so. You see, I knew him once, when he was just a dog at a men side. And even all this land is his, every summer, when he comes down to the valley, he remembers kind hands and old masters... before he went to his own... became his own master... before he heard the call.
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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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When a dog barks instead of talking...it is a dog!
24 February 2020 | by pegadodacruzSee all my reviews

Not sure what the critics saw that was so bad with the CGI on buck the dog... if anything the ability of having animal like emotions displayed felt much better than looking at lions trying to speak...I thought the movie was well put together. Harrison Ford does a very simple yet good performance, the narrative is simple and easy to figure out for adults but still very relate-able and, the whole journey of the protagonists is really good a true adventure of self-discovery... What really told me that the movie nailed it, was when in the end I asked my 9 year old, what was it all about... and she goes it's about being you, not letting others tell you what you can or cannot do... and my 12 years old, goes like it's about finding your place in the world...take the kids, have them be quite and listen...they might just get some life lessons out of it.


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Language:

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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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