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A Cry In The Wild


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  • Actors: Jared Rushton, Ned Beatty, Pamela Sue Martin, Stephen Meadows, Terence H. Winkless
  • Directors: Mark Griffiths
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Horizons
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305865612
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Cry In The Wild" on IMDb

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Exhausted young Brian Robeson pulls himself from a remote Canadian lake. The tiny plane he managed to steer this far lies under the icy water its pilot felled by a heart attack. Somehow Brian has survived. But gazing at the vast forest he can't help wonder for how long. Equipped with nothing more than a hatchet and his ingenuity he must learn to survive. Based on Gary Paulsen's Newbery Award winning novel "Hatchet" A Cry In The Wild is a family adventure at its most glorious and inspiring. It towers like its majestic settings and like the indomitable will of its courageous young hero.

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It was inaccurate and did not portray the reality very well.
Amazon Customer
I'll start by saying I've not read the book, so I looked at the movie more for "what it was" than "what it wasn't".
C. Gaebel
It is a good movie to show to students who have read or are reading the book.
J. E. Stephens

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"A Cry in the Wild" is a super film! The screenplay closely follows the plot found in Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet." The main character,Brian Robeson,is a kid who quickly is faced with the decision to adapt or perish in the beautiful wilds of the Canadian wilderness. The scenery is breathtaking in this movie. I was caught up with the thought, "What would I do?" The obstacles that Brian faces are demonstrated in a realistic fashion and keep the viewer wondering what is going to happen next. If you like the outdoors, challenges, and the triumph of the human spirit, see this movie!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Betty In The Bush on November 7, 2011
Format: DVD
Apparently a teacher has assigned her students to rip this movie apart in the reviews here, so here's my opinion as a teacher: this movie is a perfectly adequate version of a fantastic novel. There is some swearing, but other than that it is pretty true to the story. Don't let a bunch of whiny sixth graders with a bitter teacher disrupt your movie enjoyment!
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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Rude on April 26, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
As a professor of Reading Education, I use the book, Hatchet, and this video to demonstrate to teachers-in training that books and videos can both serve a purpose in the classroom. First we read the book. With undergraduates, I read the book to them, one chapter per day. With graduate students, they read the book on their own. After we've read the book, we do a "compare and contrast" comprehension activity. Students are expected to write notes about how the two media are similar and different. Using an "H" compare and contrast page (one leg of the H is for Hatchet, one for A Cry in the Wild -- the horizontal leg is used for common items in the book and movie). Once students see and hear Paulsen's talent for crafting words, the movie always is ranked as a distant second. The video also illustrates what Hollywood must do to command a person's attention. For the modest price of the video, it's an excellent way to demonstrate to students of all ages, the power of books over video.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on April 8, 2008
Format: DVD
This movie is based on the Young Adult novel, Hatchet. It is a good movie to show to students who have read or are reading the book. It is easy to find where it correlates to chapters in the book so you could use just part of the movie for a lesson.

The movie is very true to the book and very realistic.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christmas Movie Buff on January 11, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie took you back to the basics of movies without all the new fuddy duddy stuff added to everything you watch. It had believable plots and really nice nature sceens.

It is about a kid who's parents divorced and he is flying to Canada to visit his father. During transit the pilot dies of a heart attack and the plan lands into a large lake in a mountainous region and sinks with all his belongings except the hatchet his mother gave him before he left on his trip. This hatchet was attached to his belt, and it literally saves his life as he uses it remarkably to build shelter and the such. The movie illustrates how he had to survive off the land and to protect himself from preditors (not violent). I do not really recall a lot of bad language or bloody sceens and the only time the kid is unclothed is when they show a glimpse of him diving into the water to bathe. If you like low key movies this one you'll like!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GCB on April 10, 2010
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This is an EXCELLENT FILM for many reasons. VERY REALISTIC and the plot holds strong throughout. It teaches you how to use your head in the wild. Many people don't know very much what to do in a stranded situation; how to use whatever resources you have around you (in ways you've never imagined), etc. Even through mistakes you learn and you eventually master. The film keeps your attention and you wonder what the boy is going to do in each obstacle. With the understanding that the boy is obviously upset and disturbed by the divorce/separation of his parents (the film shows a few short flashbacks of memories), he faces himself in a whole new light when he is alone in the nature, fighting to survive outward battles as well as inward battles. He becomes more of a man through it all and in the end acts more mature with his mother. (As for usage of bad words (cussing), I watched the movie on TV, so, sometimes they take out any bad words compared to the DVD. I have to say though that I can't believe they would put bad language in this family film - wouldn't make sense for the genre!) You can also see, that, even there are dangers in the nature, as is in the city too, the nature has a way of transforming kids to be more rounded, more mature individuals, through respect, a wild innocence and a joyous peace. I would say that A CRY IN THE WILD is very much like a young-people's 'Cast Away'.

TOTALLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGES!!
A MUST-HAVE IN THE FAMILY COLLECTION!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kippi Buchanan on January 29, 2012
Format: DVD
Movie was shot several decades ago, but I bought it to show my middle school kids after we read the book, Hatchet. With that book in our minds, we found the movie to be pretty good. It was good to teach the students how different a book can be from a movie.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. McKenna on August 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"A Cry in the Wild" is a beautifully orchestrated film. It follows closely the plot based on Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet." I was particularly impressed with the realism demonstrated in this piece. The viewer quickly realizes that the main characer, Brian Robeson, is involved in a life and death struggle to survive in the wilds of Canada. The way Brian finds the will, creativity, and courage to stay the course keeps the viewer glued to his/her seat. The natural beauty of the forest is revealed in all its glory and unforeseen danger. As the story progressed, I was really caught with the thought "What would I do if I was Brian?" If you enjoy realistic, survival-type films, then definitely see this one! It's first-rate.
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