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Wonderful World Of Disney The Wild Country DVD (1970)

Ron Howard  |  G |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ron Howard
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029JH4HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At last...the best of Sunday night TV is back! It's the legendary TV show that's been popular with audiences for decades, and the longest running weekly prime-time series in television history. The winner of numerous awards, including seven Emmys, it's THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY! Uprooted from their comfortable home in Pennsylvania, James and Kate Tanner, along with their sons Virgil and Andy (played by real-life brothers Ron and Clint Howard) journey to the wild country of 1890s Wyoming to become farmers. Soon, they come face-to-face with tornadoes, bears and wolves. But through the hardshipss their love for each other endures, even when a local rancher sees the newcomers as "squatters" on his land, and will stop at nothing -- including murder -- to drive them out. THE WILD COUNTRY is a wondrous adventure full of true grit and courage that celebrates fammily togetherness and determination.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Despite this movie coming out in 1971, 5 years after Walt Disney's death, it still has the same flavor as an OLD YELLER or SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, although not quite in the same class as those two films. Nevertheless, WILD COUNTRY is a well-done, underrated family western in the grand Disney style that is largely forgotten today, despite being one of Ron Howard's early films. I remember seeing this movie as a two-part Sunday night Wonderful World of Disney presentation in the late 1970's and have never forgotten it. I always remembered the tornado scene, with the funnel cloud unfurling on the horizon. Not as good as WIZARD of OZ, but still exciting. I sometimes lament the loss of this type of family entertainment in the present day Disney canon. When you see what the family goes through in this movie and then compare it with say the conflict in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, you can't help but see the shallowness of the Disney product today. I love these old Disney movies and think all children should see them, because they represent Disney before it became a marketing monolith, which today is more interested in selling Princess handbags and tiaras than giving young people a sampling of American history, albeit a romanticized one. Thank God I grew up when I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To a new land January 14, 2010
Caveat: the credits claim that this Disney TV special was adapted from Ralph Moody's Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers, but in fact almost the only aspect of the book that survives the transition is the character of old-fashioned trapper Thompson (Jack Elam). That much said, it succeeds on its own terms as the story of a family's struggles to survive and prosper in the Wild West. Jim Tanner (Steve Forrest) brings his wife Kate (Vera Miles) and two sons, 16-year-old Virgil (Ronny Howard) and eight-year-old Andrew (Clint Howard), from Pittsburgh to the tiny settlement (a few barns and sheds, a couple of cattle-holding pens, and the rambling general store/saloon/barbershop/stage station owned by Mr. Jensen (Karl Swenson)) of Kelly in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, during the time of the Johnson County War, hoping to start a farm. Unfortunately the one purchased for him by his distant cousin Phil (Dub Taylor) is not only almost in ruins, it's dependent for water on the spillover of a dam controlled by upcountry cowman Ab Cross (Morgan Woodward), and as Thompson warns the "Tanner men," Cross isn't about to honor his agreement about the water. Jim is determined to make Cross see reason and not resort to violence, but young Virgil begins to doubt if that's possible, while Kate, like many homesteading women, becomes more and more focused on going back to "civilization" as the obstacles pile up in their path.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific movie, finally on DVD December 1, 2009
STORY: Set in the 1880's, this is the tale of a homesteading family, the Tanners, that gives up their entire finances to moves from back east Pittsburgh to a promising homestead in rural Wyoming. The family purchased the farm site unseen from a cousin. The father, mother, and two sons who have lived as city folk, arrive to find a ramshackle farm that they must begin to repair and learn to farm, the first of many setbacks they face. A bitter and violent local rancher threatens to cut off their water supply to drive them out. Mr. Tanner tries to tech his boys they need to respect the law and property rights rahter than responding in kind. Along the way they must develop the skills they need to survive and grow into a closer family. It's a very touching story of courage and morals in the worst conditions.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Most filming was done on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Production designer Robert Clatworthy was responsible for turning the green crops of real alfalfa brown overnight for the drought scenes. He mixed a concoction of so many dyes and paints he cleaned out all the local paint stores. Special effects also required a realistic tornado, and so the director arrange for the propellers of 3 snow planes as well as 7 Hollywood wind machines in order to create the wind. The incredibly realistic dust cloud could be seen 30 miles away.

This movie was released to theatres on January 20, 1971. Directed by Robert Totten and filmed in glorious Technicolor. Calvin Clements Jr. loosely adapted the screenplay from the original book "Little Britches" by Ralph Moody. The terrific cast includes Steve Forrest as the father Jim. Vera Miles stars as the mother Kate, and appeared in 5 other Disney movies including "Those Calloways" and "Follow Me, Boys!".
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5.0 out of 5 stars disney western May 19, 2009
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here is a wonderful western from disney. filmed in natural glorious color the story is set in wyoming in the 1890's and is about a family with 2 sons. the story concerns water rights and confrontation with a local rancher who is very mean.during the film the family come face to face with wild bears storms fire and murder. it is a great adventure for the whole family.allan g beck of wellington nz.
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