The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)




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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 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.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Kids & Family
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Walt Disney Productions


Meredith Salenger
as Natty Gann
John Cusack
as Harry
Ray Wise
as Sol Gann
Lainie Kazan
as Connie
Barry Miller
as Parker
Verna Bloom
as Farm Woman
Bruce M. Fischer
as Charlie Linfield
John Finnegan
as Logging Boss
Jack Rader
as Employment Agent
Jordan Pratt
as Frankie
Campbell Lane
as Chicago Moderator
Max Trumpower
as Chicago Worker
Doug MacLeod
as Chicago Worker
Gary Chalk
as Chicago Worker
Dwight McFee
as Chicago Worker
Peter Anderson
as Unemployed Worker
Hagen Beggs
as Policeman
Ray Michal
as Hoboe
Clint Rowe
as Bullwhip
Jack Ackroyd
as Grocery Clerk
Walter Marsh
as Interrogator
Kaye Grieve
as Matron
Gabrielle Rose
as Exercise Matron
Marie Klingenberg
as Dormitory Matron
Scott Andersen
as Parker's Gang
Robert Clothier
as Railroad Official
Don S. Davis
as Railroad Brakeman
Alex Diakun
as Station Master
Sheelah Megill
as Lady at Mill
Jeff Ramsey
as Logging Driver
Wally Beeton
as Logger
Doug Boyd
as Logger
Bryan Couture
as Logger
Al MacIntosh
as Logger
Harvey M. Miller
as Railroad Deek
Tom Heaton
as Railroad Deek
Jennifer Michas
as Parker's Gang Member
Ian Tracey
as Parker's Gang Member
Scott G. Anderson
as Parker's Gang Member
Gary Riley
as Parker's Gang Member
Grant Heslov
as Parker's Gang Member
Bob Storms
as Logger
Hagan Beggs
as Policeman
Wally Marsh
as Interrogator
Thomas Heaton
as Railroad Deek
Scott Anderson
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 25, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 8, 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.

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… | December 31, 1999
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
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

I definitely remember this movie.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


I remember it was okay, but I was pretty little

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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