Set in Chicago during the Great Depression, this inspirational story is about a young girl's (Meredith Salenger) search for her father after he is forced to suddenly travel west to take a job. Along the way, she befriends a wild wolf and a young drifter (John Cusack). The Journey of Natty Gann is an engrossing family adventure story filled with historic realism and starring a heroine who uses her courage, perseverance, and ingenuity to overcome countless obstacles on her epic journey.
"Natty is, as written, an old-fashioned tomboy heroine whose feistiness is rivaled only by her spunk, and she ought to have a lot of appeal, especially for little girls." - NY Times Review
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Natty befriends the wolf and a fellow drifter (John Cusack, in an early role), and her journey is a memorable one, intense and realistic but still appropriate for kids. Although Salenger's subsequent film career has been modest (she later graduated cum laude from Harvard), Natty Gann remains a worthy claim to fame. -- Jeff Shannon
|Recommended Age||9 and up|
|Actors||Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise, Lainie Kazan, Scatman Crothers|
|Running Time||101 minutes|
|Studio||Walt Disney Video|
|Release Date||May 21, 2002|