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The Call of the Wild (1972)

PG | | Adventure, Family | March 1975 (USA)
A house dog is abducted and brought to the north as a sled dog.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Federico De Urrutia (Italian version), Hubert Frank (German version) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... John Thornton
Michèle Mercier ... Calliope Laurent (as Michelle Mercier)
Raimund Harmstorf ... Pete (as Raymond Harmstorf)
George Eastman ... Black Burton
Maria Rohm ... Mercedes
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Seze
Sancho Gracia ... Taglish Charlie
Friedhelm Lehmann Friedhelm Lehmann ... Charles
Horst Heuck Horst Heuck ... Hal
Rik Battaglia ... Dutch Harry
Alf Malland Alf Malland ... Constantine
Alfredo Mayo ... Judge Miller
Sverre Wilberg Sverre Wilberg ... Colonel
Olov Pedersen Olov Pedersen ... Red Sweater
Per Amvik Per Amvik ... François
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A house dog is abducted and brought to the north as a sled dog.

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Adventure for the Whole Family! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vadon szava See more »

Filming Locations:

Lapland, Finland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charlton Heston didn't enjoy making this film. He found the whole experience to be completely disorganized from the start. See more »

Quotes

Pete: I've never seen so many people.
John Thornton: And more are coming all the time. I tell ya, Pete, if this is the promised land, I'll take the open trail.
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European version of the notorious novel about the dog adventures and his masters
11 December 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Charlton Heston as John plays a prospector along with Raimund Harmstorf . They are at the right time and in the right location to live numerous adventures . The picture chronicles the ¨Gold Rush¨ days of Alaska from Klondike territory and in the Dawson City center . Heston finds and befriends a German shepherd dog called ¨Buck¨ which saves and protects to John and his partner . The dog rescues them from dangers and leads throughout snowy landscapes . But Buck is robbed and is taken by various masters , being forced to pull a snow sled.

The movie is based on Jack London novel -in part autobiographic but in his real life was prospector- , narrating the story about the gold discovery , people came to find the precious mineral through the freeze ways and corruption , violence and ambition that came with them . Authentic stars film are the animals as there appear : Huskys , pack of wolves and of course the magnificent German shepherd named Buck . The best of the movie are the marvelous , spectacular snowy outdoors , being stunningly photographed by John Cabrera in places as Finland , Norway and Spain . Atmospheric , evocative score by the Italian composer Carlo Rustichelli . The picture is one of various renditions based on Jack London novels along with ¨ The White Fang ¨ , creating the sub-genre about the Alaska adventures . The film is a European co-production by Harry Alan Towers with actors of several nations ( German as Raimund Harmstorf ; French as Michele Mercier ; English as Maria Rohm ; Spanish as Juan Luis Galiardo , Sancho Gracia and Italian as George Eastman or Luigi Montefiori). Charlton Heston said about this one resulted to be his worst film but I think is entertaining and watchable although mediocre for its poor direction and weak plot which hamper this familiar story .


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