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The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon

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Jack London's classic story from 1903 about Buck, a dog kidnapped from his home in California and taken to the Yukon where he is mistreated until a prospector discovers him and relates to his situation. Although the two are bonded, Buck yearns to run free with the wild dogs in the wilderness.

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, Bronwen Booth, Charles Edwin Powell, Burke Lawrence, Luc Morissette
  • Directors: Peter Svatek
  • Writers: Graham Ludlow, Jack London
  • Producers: Gary Howsam, Jeff Geoffray, John Buchanan, John McCunn, Julie Allan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T8VN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon" on IMDb

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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Rutten on June 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I must admit I am a Rutger Hauer fan, and have been ever since "Ladyhawke" was released in 1985. And as an English teacher, I am always looking for new videos to augment my literature units. This superb version of Jack London's tale of unconditional love, survival of the fittest and London's belief that all living creatures including man are capable of reverting to their wild beginnings has been the perfect visual companion to my teaching the novel "Call of the Wild" for the past two years - and it has Rutger Hauer to boot! Exquisitely photographed in muted tones, "Call of the Wild" tells the story of Buck, the handsome Newfoundland, who is kidnapped because of his massive size from his pampered life in California, and endures horrific hardships, numerous owners, and self-discovery as he is taken to man's "holy grail" - the Klondike Gold Rush. Rutger Hauer protrays John Thornton, the grizzled but kind man who saves Buck's life and introduces Buck to the unbridled joy of unconditional love. Richard Dreyfuss narrates beautifully, giving the viewer an opportunity to actually experience bits and pieces of London's exquisite prose. Although a number of film versions have previously been made, this version is by far superior! Not only is Buck accurately represented by the actual breed that London wrote about, but the screenplay follows the story most faithfully. Except for the brief insertion of a saloon girl to romance Thornton for a moment and the minimizing of a number of Buck's owners, this film visually portrays the fear and growth and finally the trust and love that Buck experiences. I do recommend, however, that to fully experience the depth of London's metaphor, the book should be read!Read more ›
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By oneillb@wamail.lee.k12.al.us on March 18, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
After teaching the novel in my classroom, the usual clamor went up: Is there a movie to this book? I saw two other versions and was unimpressed (they were both filled with a lot of swearing, and the story lines were very different from the book), so I was very pleased when I found this version. The story line follows the novel VERY closely (only leaving out a couple characters like the Scotch half-breed cook, and adding a love interest for John Thornton), and the narration (by Richard Dreyfuss) uses lines straight out of the novel. I will add that the violence is very realistic (some blood, lots of snarling and yelping), and there is some swearing (nothing worse than "hell" and "damn"), but this is a faithful version that is well-filmed and I feel very appropriate for a middle school classroom or higher.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I am a huge fan of Jack London books, White Fang didn't go close to the book but this movie did. I've seen other Call of the wild movies but this one was the best!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Rutten on May 28, 2000
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I must admit that I am a Rutger Hauer fan, and have been ever since "Ladyhawke" was made in 1985. Additionally as an English teacher, I am always looking for new videos to augment my literature units. This excellent version of Jack London's tale of unconditional love, survival of the fittest, and London's belief that all living creatures including man are capable of returning to their wild beginnings has been the perfect visual companion to my teaching the novel "Call of the Wild" for the past 2 years - and it has Rutger Hauer to boot!! Beautifully photographed in muted tones, "Call of the Wild" tells the story of Buck, the exquisite Newfoundland, who is kidnapped because of his massive size from his life of luxury in California and endures tremendous hardships, many owners, and self-discovery as he is taken to the gold rush in the Klondike. Rutger Hauer portrays John Thornton, the man who saves Buck's life and introduces Buck to the unbridled joy of unconditional love. Richard Dreyfuss narrates beautifully, giving the viewer an opportunity to actually experience bits and pieces of London's exquisite prose. Although a number of previous film versions have been made, this version is by far the best! Not only is Buck actually the breed of dog that was in London's story, but the screenplay follows the book the most closely of all the versions! Except for the brief insertion of a saloon girl to romance Thornton for a moment and the minimizing of some of Buck's many owners, the film visually portrays London's story as accurately as I feel is possible. I do recommend, however, that to fully experience the depth of London's metaphor and themes, the book should be read!!Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm on April 17, 2008
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In contrast to many Hollywood movies which rely on special effects, this version of The Call of the Wild, is a low budget movie made by a Canadian television group, but it is the best adaptation, and there is tremendous depth. In this movie, the environment in the North, the psychology, and the literary style of Jack London, are brought to life in a very authentic manner. More than 50 % of the original book is narrated verbatim by Richard Dreyfuss, but this neither slows down the movie nor subtracts from the action: on the contrary, this narration actually adds special texture to the movie and brings to life the laconic depth of Jack London's writing style, adding literary value to the movie. Both the dog and Rutger Hauer in the movie are good representations of the two protagonists in the original book. But as another commentator mentioned, it is highly recommended that you should first read (or re-read) the original book before this movie. As a disciple of Jack London who has read this book many times (both in print and also on audio tape), I can say that this movie is only slightly less perfect than the book, and you can watch this movie for spiritual renewal every year (to renew the uncompromising depth, authenticity, courage, and sense of adventure of Jack London.) I also agree with one of the commentators that some of the most violent dog fights were censored, perhaps because they did not want to make this an R rated movie, but at the same time, it would have been difficult to re-create the most violent dog fights without actually harming the animals, and this is one thing the directors of the movie were not prepared to do (as they stated in writing at the beginning of the film.)
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