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The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

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In the 1930s, a tomboy runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, where he has found work.

Director:

Jeremy Kagan
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meredith Salenger ... Natty Gann
John Cusack ... Harry
Ray Wise ... Sol Gann
Lainie Kazan ... Connie
Scatman Crothers ... Sherman
Barry Miller ... Parker
Verna Bloom ... Farm Woman
Bruce M. Fischer ... Charlie Linfield
John Finnegan ... Logging Boss
Jack Rader ... Employment Agent
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Buzz
Jordan Pratt Jordan Pratt ... Frankie
Zachary Ansley ... Louie
Campbell Lane ... Chicago Moderator
Max Trumpower Max Trumpower ... Chicago Worker
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Storyline

Natty Gann is a 12-year-old Depression-era girl whose single father leaves her behind in Chicago while he goes to Washington State to look for work in the timber industry. Natty runs away from the guardian she was left with to follow Dad. She befriends and is befriended by a wolf that has been abused in dog fights, hops a freight train west, and is presumed dead when her wallet is found after the train crashes. Dad gets bitter and endangers himself in his new job. Meanwhile, Natty has a series of adventures and misadventures in various farmhouses, police stations, hobo camps, reform schools, and boxcars. Written by Anonymous

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With innocence behind her and danger ahead, only courage and love were on her side. [UK] See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After numerous roles on television, Grant Heslov makes his debut in a theatrical movie. See more »

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The steam locomotives seen in the film have distinctly Canadian vestibule-style cabs. See more »

Quotes

Harry: [opens the door to a barn, looks inside, then speaks to Natty] It looks safe. Come on. Come on! It's empty! Nothin' in here but a pig, and he sure don't care.
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Referenced in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Common Ground (2019) See more »

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Fun for Everyone
1 April 2003 | by staisil2See all my reviews

This is a nice movie about a courageous girl just trying to get to her father, with a little help from friends, and even more enemies. Meredith Salenger was perfect for the part of Natty Gann. She's cute, tough, and just a good actress. (So, how then did shwe go into movies such as Dream a Little Dream?) John Cusack, as always is a doll. This is a good movie for eveybody. 7.2 out of 10.


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Natty Gann See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$490,318, 29 September 1985

Gross USA:

$9,708,373

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,708,373
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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