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The Call of the Wild (1997)

The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon (original title)
Jack London's classic story from 1903 about Buck, a dog kidnapped from his home in California and taken to the Yukon where he is mistreated until a prospector discovers him and relates to ... See full summary »

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Peter Svatek

Writers:

Jack London (novel), Graham Ludlow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... John Thornton
Bronwen Booth ... Mercedes (as Bronwên Booth)
Charles Edwin Powell ... Hal (as Charles Powell)
Burke Lawrence Burke Lawrence ... Charles
Luc Morissette ... M. Perrault (as Luc Morrissette)
Robert Pierre Côté ... Francoise
John Novak ... Mr. Matthewson the Gambling Man
Richard Dreyfuss ... Narrator (voice)
John Dunn-Hill ... Thornton's Partner Hans
Jack Langedijk ... Thornton's Partner Pete
Michael Shanks ... Fellow Gambler #1
Raymond Ducasse Raymond Ducasse ... Judge Miller
Eric Hoziel ... The Kidnapper
Deano Clavet ... The Baggage Man
Barry Blake ... The Man in the Red Sweater
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Jack London's classic story from 1903 about Buck, a dog kidnapped from his home in California and taken to the Yukon where he is mistreated until a prospector discovers him and relates to his situation. Although the two are bonded, Buck yearns to run free with the wild dogs in the wilderness. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack London's The Call of the Wild See more »

Filming Locations:

Quebec, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[referring to Buck, the Yukon Dog]
Narrator: And he knew that John Thornton was dead. It left a great void in him somewhat akin to hunger, but a void that ached and ached...and which food could not fill.
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Version of The Call of the Wild (1908) See more »

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Better representation of the book!
12 October 2005 | by karylashSee all my reviews

Having seen several versions of "Call of the Wild," I must say that this version is my favorite. It follows the book well and the narration by Richard Dreyfuss helps move the story along. One drawback is the dog that portrays Buck does not look like he should based on the description in the book. Overall though, this was an enjoyable movie. It has great scenery and a good cast. I used this movie for an English class that was reading Call of the Wild. We watched two versions of the movie, the Charleton Heston version and this one. All my students agreed that this version followed the book much better and was more enjoyable to watch.


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