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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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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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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
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Call of the Wild See more »

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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Stevens' red and black plaid costume was created from a bolt of fabric actually dating back to the Yukon Golden Rush, over 100 years ago. See more »

Goofs

When John and Buck started to row down the river, John had the backpack and his rifle with him. The backpack and rifle were still on the boat before the cascade. When they managed to surface from the cascade, the backpack and rifle were gone. But after they left the boat, John had them both with him. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
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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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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Enjoyable Family Movie
19 February 2020 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I just got out of Call Of The Wild

I have to say, I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Ok, the CGI dog is nowhere near Planet Of The Apes levels of greatness, but it's certainly better than the trailer suggested and I was moved at all the right times. The CGI in general was a bit ropey at times, but it's only a minor gripe.

Harrison Ford is as reliable as you'd expect, and truthfully, he is more invested in an original role than he has been in a while, at least in anything I have seen.

I think it is quality family entertainment, there are some funny moments there is no bad language and it moves at a quick pace. But I think this will have to find its audience on home release.

As sadly, I don't think this will find much of an audience, as there is too much kid friendly competition. I think it would have been perfect for a Thanksgiving/Christmas release!! I think it would have done better, if it was released then.

It was about half full in my screening, about 40/50 in a 100 seat hall.


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