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The Great Adventure (1975)

Il richiamo del lupo (original title)
Set during the American Gold Rush era, this is an unforgettable tale of an orphaned boy and his wild dog who must battle against the Yukon wilderness and human greed to help save a frontier town.


John Fonseca (screenplay), Elliot Geisinger (screenplay) | 4 more credits »




Credited cast:
Jack Palance ... William Bates
Joan Collins ... Sonia Kendall
Elisabetta Virgili Elisabetta Virgili ... Mary Chambers (as Elizabeth Virgil)
Manuel de Blas ... John McKenzie
Fernando E. Romero Fernando E. Romero ... Jim Chambers (as Fred Romer)
Remo De Angelis ... Hank McKenzie
Ricardo Palacios ... Charlie - Barkeeper
Attilio Dottesio ... Jim and Mary's father
José Canalejas ... Bates Henchman
Enzo De Toma Enzo De Toma ... Buzz - Raftsman
Achille Grioni Achille Grioni ... Bates henchman
Filippo La Neve Filippo La Neve ... Tom Jarrell - Lawyer
Boris Zanardi Boris Zanardi
Emilio Mellado Emilio Mellado ... Fatso - Bank robber
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario De Barros Mario De Barros ... Bates henchman


Set during the American Gold Rush era, this is an unforgettable tale of an orphaned boy and his wild dog who must battle against the Yukon wilderness and human greed to help save a frontier town.

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They Stood Together and Changed the Destiny of an Entire Frontier


Adventure | Western


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The storyline is a pastiche of Jack London's works, loosely based on "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang". See more »

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Mediocre Italian/Spanish co-production filled with action , adventures and thrills ; being shot in Spain
11 December 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Set during the American Gold Rush era , this is an unforgettable tale of two orphaned children called Jim Chambers (Fernando Romero) and Mary Chambers (Elizabeth Virgil) . When en route to the Yukon being killed their father by Indians , they then become involved into multiple adventures and dangers . Luck changes when the kiddies meet two prospectors : John McKenzie (Manuel De Blas) , and Hank McKenzie (Remo De Angelis , stunt coordinator too) headed for the Yukón and who help them go to Dawson City , next to river Yukón . Meanwhile , Jim meets a wild dog , that is part wolf and they must battle against the Yukon wilderness and human greed to help save a frontier town . As they stood together and changed the destiny of an Entire Frontier . But in Dawson City they meet an arrogant , wealthy owner , William Bates (Jack Palance) , and the beautiful saloon girl Sonia Kendall (Joan Collins) who falls in love for John McKenzie (Manuel De Blas). The prospector John and his faithful mate , the wolf-dog, attempt to stop the evildoer , an ambitious, snarling businessman called Bates who formerly killed his brother .

It is a tepid and light-hearted adventure , freely based about known and classic novel by Jack London "The Call of the Wild" . Lumpy blend of adventures, action , villainy , though needlessly violent and aimed to young people . The film is loosely based on the novel by Jack London , though differs significantly from the book but this is an invented version , however remains the essential elements as the young-dog friendship , the gold rush , spectacular outdoors and locations and several moving scenes . The talent of diverse and wasting casting is redeemed in part for the spectacular outdoors filmed on Spanish landscapes . It's a passable/average rendition that maintains the charm and adventure style of the previous films but still makes for decent juvenile amusement . Weak screenplay from Juan Logar , Fonseca and Jesús Rodríguez . Being a Spain-France co-production here appears several Spanish and Italian secondaries , all of them regular in Spaghetti/Paella Western , such as : Manuel De Blas , Ricardo Palacios , José Canalejas , and Remo De Angelis who is an usual masters of arms of lots of Péplum and Western .

Other adaptations about these Jack London novels set in Alaska are the followings : ¨Call of the wild ¨ by Ken Annakin with Charlton Heston , ¨White Fang¨ (1991) by Randal Kleiser with Ethan Kawke as young prospector and Klaus Maria Brandauer , and ¨The return of White Fang¨ (1994) by Ken Olin with Scott Bairstow and once again Ethan Hawke . And Italian ones : ¨Lucio Fulci's White Fang¨ with Franco Nero , Virna Lisi and Fernando Rey ; its sequel titled "White Fang to the Rescue" by Tonino Ricci with Maurizio Merli , Henry Silva , Renzo Palmer ; ¨Buck¨ by Tonino Ricci with John Savage and ¨Buck and the magic bracelet¨ by Tonino Ricci with Matt McCoy .

Colorful and evocative cinematography by José Aguayo , being recently made a nice remastering , and shot on location in snowy landscapes as Navacerrada and Guadarrama mountains and Daganzo , Madrid . And appropriate , adequate and evocative musical score by Stelvio Cipriani . The motion picture was regularly directed by Gianfranco Baldanello . He was assistant director and subsequently directed some films . Gianfranco made several Spaghettis , such as ¨Uccidete Johnny Ringo¨ , ¨This man cant die¨ , ¨Son of Zorro¨ , ¨The Cry of the Wolf¨, ¨Black Jack¨ and ¨Blood River¨ and ¨30 Winchesters for El Diablo" - International title- or "Gold Train" . And this "The Cry of the Wolf" has a rating : 4.30/10 average .

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