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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

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Harrison Ford and Bradley Whitford previously appeared in Presumed Innocent (1990). 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: This is a map of the Yukon. My son was always reading adventure stories, crazy about the news coming out of the Yukon. Wasn't the gold, he didn't care about that, it was the mountains. He spent all day looking at maps and pictures of the mountains, dreaming about was on the other side, places no one had been, wild places. We could go, you and me, see what's out there. What do you think?
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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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Gets better as it goes on
21 February 2020 | by bexhillzSee all my reviews

When I first started watching this movie, I didn't think I was going to enjoy it, due to some of the scenes at the start, but as the movie went on, it got more and more BRILLIANT


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Language:

English | French

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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2.39 : 1
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