The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

The Journey of Natty Gann


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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 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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Andrew Bergman, Jeanne Rosenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2002


as Natty Gann

as Sol Gann

as Connie

as Parker

as Farm Woman

as Charlie Linfield

as Logging Boss

as Employment Agent

as Frankie

as Chicago Moderator

as Chicago Worker

as Chicago Worker

as Chicago Worker

as Chicago Worker

as Unemployed Worker

as Policeman

as Bullwhip

as Grocery Clerk

as Interrogator

as Exercise Matron

as Dormitory Matron

as Parker's Gang

as Railroad Official

as Railroad Brakeman

as Station Master

as Lady at Mill

as Logging Driver

as Logger

as Railroad Deek

as Railroad Deek

as Parker's Gang Member

as Parker's Gang Member

as Parker's Gang Member

as Parker's Gang Member

as Parker's Gang Member

as Logger

as Policeman

as Interrogator

as Railroad Deek

as Parker's Gang Member
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Critic Reviews for The Journey of Natty Gann

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Director Jeremy Paul Kagan extracts an engaging performance from Meredith Salenger as the heroine.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

There's a real sense of period, even if the film does occasionally become over-sentimental.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As Wolf, a dog named Jed gives a forthright and believable performance. Miss Salenger, for her part, gives one, too, and she carries the movie nicely.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It's nice to see a Disney film that follows the rules of the family-film genre as Walt laid them down.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This Disney feature is mildly entertaining, boasting great costumes by Wolsky, who was Oscar-nominated for his design.

Full Review… | February 22, 2012

Compelling adventure too violent for some kids.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Journey of Natty Gann

Unforgettably Undeniably Disney

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


I remember it was okay, but I was pretty little

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


Lovely, old-style Disney movie a young girl running away in the Great Depression with her only companion is a wolf. Surprisingly unsentimental and enjoyable stuff.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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