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Call of the Wild 3D (2009)





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Independent filmmaker Richard Gabai gives Jack London's literary classic a modern-day makeover with this family-friendly adventure. Nine-year-old city girl Ryan (Ariel Gade) is visiting her grandpa (Christopher Lloyd) in Montana and lamenting the lack of shopping malls when she befriends a wounded wild dog and names it Buck. As the annual sledding race draws near, Ryan and her new friends begin training Buck for the big day in hopes that he can win the gold. Can Buck's wild spirit be tamed in time for the race, or is he more comfortable out in the wilderness, running free with his four-legged friends? Veronica Cartwright, Timothy Bottoms, and Joyce DeWitt co-star.
PG (for some violence, language, thematic material, and brief smoking)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Kids & Family
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Christopher Lloyd
as "Grandpa" Bill Hale
Ariel Gade
as Ryan Hale
Wes Studi
as Hatcher
Veronica Cartwright
as Sheriff Taylor
Joyce DeWitt
as Jolene
Jaleel White
as Dr. Spencer
Devon Iott
as Marla
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Critic Reviews for Call of the Wild 3D

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Alternately jerking the audience's tears and splashing snow in their faces, 3-D indie Call of the Wild loses focus (literally) but gets by on its good-hearted demeanor.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Top Critic

Although Call of the Wild would have been a dime a dozen in a previous era, right now, it's so old it feels new again.

June 12, 2009
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Even comparing itself to the beloved book makes this clunky and supposedly family-friendly drama seem worse than it already is.

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Call of the Wild 3D

A 10 year old girl is visiting her grandfather who reads the classic novel "Call of the Wild" to her every night. They find a wounded wolf/dog, and nurse him back to good health and try to keep it but Buck is wild at heart and yearns for the wilderness. Great scenery and there is even a dog sled race. Will he stay or return to the wilderness? Watch and find out.

Deb S
Deb S

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Cute one. I really enjoy watching these kind of movies that involve animals. This was a very good story.

Valerie Villarreal
Valerie Villarreal

While this movie definitely has a bit of roughness around the edges, it's a fun and family friendly movie that has a tender, if often told story. Some of the acting is a bit wooden, but Gade and Lloyd do very well, and it was fun to see Amy Teagarden (Friday Night Lights) and Jaleel White (Steve Urkel, Family Matters) with appearances as well. The 3-D element was subtle, not the in your face Disneyland kind of 3-D like some movies. While it didn't really pop out in most scenes, it was definitely noticeable and beautiful in it's subtlety. I could see all future movies being this sort of "just there enough to notice" 3-D. Overall, the wife, the kids and I really had fun with it. Don't expect the next White Fang, but it's good clean family movie that's a lot of fun in 3-D.

Mike Hackler
Mike Hackler

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