Journey of Natty Gann

Journey of Natty Gann

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Director: Jeremy Kagan

Cast: Jeremy Kagan, Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise

     
 

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Disney's The Journey of Natty Gann stars Meredith Salenger in the title role. During the Depression, Natty's father (Ray Wise) takes a job in a Northwestern lumber camp, leaving his daughter behind in Chicago with the promise that he'll send for her when he's put together enough money. Unwilling to wait that long, Natty runs away from her guardian (Lainie KazanSee more details below

Overview

Disney's The Journey of Natty Gann stars Meredith Salenger in the title role. During the Depression, Natty's father (Ray Wise) takes a job in a Northwestern lumber camp, leaving his daughter behind in Chicago with the promise that he'll send for her when he's put together enough money. Unwilling to wait that long, Natty runs away from her guardian (Lainie Kazan) and hops a freight bound for her dad's camp. In addition to the human friends she accrues along the way, including vagabond John Cusack and tough-but-nice juvenile delinquent Barry Miller, Natty is protected on her journey by a friendly wolf (actually a dog, but you try training a wolf). Journey of Natty Gann stretches its "PG" rating as far as possible, but it's still safe and sane entertainment for the younger crowd.

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All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A family-oriented adventure, The Journey of Natty Gann follows the Disney formula, but does not let sentiment get in the way of a good story. Natty (Meredith Salenger) and her father, Saul Gann (Ray Wise), lovingly survive together in Depression-era Chicago, both fighting for the underdog. When he leaves for work out west, she goes out on her own to find him. Along the way, she befriends a lot of misfits and narrowly escapes the manipulative adults who try to catch her. Salenger plays Natty as quick and determined, fortunately not as a smart aleck or overly precocious. She is tough enough to eat a wild rabbit for food, but still cringes when she has to gut it with her pocket knife. Natty forges a bond with a wolf, who acts as her companion and protector. This relationship sometimes sinks into Disney mush territory, but overall, it makes narrative sense. Especially impressive is Harry (John Cusack), a kindred spirit who teaches Natty the art of riding the rails. With his Humphrey Bogart-style appearance and delivery, Cusack makes a perfect team with Salenger's Natty. For the most part, The Journey of Natty Gann is a coming-of-age tale that is rooted in Disney simplicity, but rare in its portrayal of a strong and gentle protagonist on a quest for family connection.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0786936178333
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meredith Salenger Natty Gann
John Cusack Harry
Ray Wise Saul Gann
Scatman Crothers Sherman
Barry Miller Parker
Lainie Kazan Connie
John Hock Actor
Paula-Marie Moody Actor
Corliss M. Smith Bus Driver
Verna Bloom Farm Woman
Bruce M. Fischer Charlie Linfield
John Finnegan Logging Boss
Jack Rader Employment Agent
Matthew Faison Buzz
Jordan Pratt Frankie
Zachary Ansley Louis
Campbell Lane Chicago Moderator
Max Trumpower Chicago Worker
Doug MacLeod Chicago Worker
Gary Chalk Chicago Worker
Dwight McFee Chicago Worker
Peter Anderson Unemployed Worker
Ian Black Hobo
Ray Michal Hobo
Clint Rowe Bullwhip
Frank C. Turner Farmer
Jack Ackroyd Grocery Clerk
Grant Heslov Parker's Gang
Gary Riley Parker's Gang
Scott Andersen Parker's Gang
Ian Tracey Parker's Gang
Jennifer Michas Parker's Gang
Kaye Grieve Matron
Hannah Cutrona Twinky
Gabrielle Rose Exercise Matron
Marie Klingenberg Dormitory Matron
Stephen E. Miller Guard
Robert Clothier Railroad Official
Don S. Davis Railroad Brakeman
Alex Diakun Station Master
Harvey M. Miller Railroad Deek
Sheelah Megill Lady at Mill
Jeff Ramsey Logging Driver
Gary Hendrickson Logger
Wally Beeton Logger
Doug Boyd Logger
Bryan Couture Logger
Al MacIntosh Logger
Lorne LaRiviere Logger
Bob Storms Logger
Hagan Beggs Policeman
Wally Marsh Interrogator
Thomas Heaton Railroad Deek

Technical Credits
Jeremy Kagan Director
Andrew Bergman Screenwriter
Michael S. Bolton Production Designer
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Sandy Cooper Makeup
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
David Holden Editor
James Horner Score Composer
Michael Lobell Producer
Jeanne Rosenberg Screenwriter
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Ian Thomas Production Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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