The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon

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Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon
Movie Poster
Directed by Peter Svatek
Written by Screenplay:
Graham Ludlow
Original novel:
Jack London
Starring Rutger Hauer
Release dates
United States:
June 22, 1997
Running time
91 minutes
Language English

Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon is a 1997 movie. The screenplay by Graham Ludlow is based on the classic Jack London novel The Call of the Wild, published in 1903. Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss and starring Rutger Hauer. The Hollywood Reporter said that it was, "... a pleasant surprise. Much more faithful to Jack London's 1903 classic than the two Hollywood versions."[1] The New York Post claimed Ludlow's adaptation was the "best version yet of Jack London's classic story of survival."[2]

Three Leonberger dog 'actors' (one was a female, and two males) played the starring dog "Buck"[3][4] The breed used in this adaptation was not the one identified in the novel, but the look is similar. Jack London describes Buck as a huge, four-year-old half-Saint Bernard and half-Scottish shepherd dog.


  1. ^ Hunter, David (1997-02-10). ""The Call of the Wild"". The Hollywood Reporter. p. 11. 
  2. ^ Greppi, Michele (1997-06-22). ""What's on Tonight: 'Wild' about Buck, leader of the pack"". New York Post. p. 103. 
  3. ^ Call of the Wild - Dog of the Yukon at Internet Movie Data Base.
  4. ^ Leonberger Facts, American Kennel Club.

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