White Fang (1991 film)
Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Randal Kleiser|
|Produced by||Markay Powell|
|Screenplay by||Jeanne Rosenberg
|Based on||White Fang
by Jack London
|Narrated by||Ethan Hawke|
Klaus Maria Brandauer
|Music by||Basil Poledouris
Hans Zimmer (additional music)
|Editing by||Lisa Day|
|Studio||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Running time||107 minutes|
White Fang is a 1991 American adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser, starring Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Seymour Cassel. Based on Jack London's novel White Fang, it tells the story of the friendship between a Yukon gold hunter and a wolfdog.
A sequel to the film, White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf, was released in 1994.
- Ethan Hawke as Jack Conroy
- Klaus Maria Brandauer as Alex Larson
- Seymour Cassel as Skunker
- Susan Hogan as Belinda Casey
- James Remar as Beauty Smith
- Bill Moseley as Luke
- Clint Youngreen as Tinker
- Pius Savage as Grey Beaver
- Suzanne Kent as Heather
- Jed the Wolfdog as White Fang
- Bart the Bear as the Bear
Young explorer Jack Conroy meets his father's buddy Alex Larson, a rugged guide who agrees to take Jack to his father's claim. When wolves attack and kill a female wolf, her pup is left to fend for itself. Jack and Alex reach a town where they plan to winter. A band of Indians, meanwhile, find the pup, and the chief names him White Fang. As spring comes, Jack and Alex resume their quest, but stop off at the Indians' settlement. The chief explains that the wolfdog has been raised to obey, not be friendly, but Jack seeks to change that. Jack's chance comes when he is chased and trapped by a grizzly bear. White Fang intervenes, saving Jack's life. White Fang, however, is later trapped by an unsavory lot led by dogfighter Beauty Smith, who take the wolfdog from his Indian owner in exchange for alcohol. The gang train White Fang to be vicious in order to enter him into illegal dogfights. White Fang eventually meets his match in a brutal bulldog, but Jack happens upon the fight and intervenes in the nick of time. Having earlier reached his father's claim and begun the work of digging for gold, the boy returns with White Fang to the cabin where he seeks to transform White Fang's vicious and territorial nature.
Jack's attempts to tame White Fang eventually succeed; wolfdog and man develop a close and trusting bond. Alex helps Jack mine for gold and they strike it rich with the help of White Fang. Alex and his wife offer to take Jack back to San Francisco and Jack realizes that city life is no place for a wolf. He must let White Fang run free in the wild. Though White Fang cannot understand why Jack is trying to push him away, Jack's efforts finally succeed in scaring White Fang off. However, Jack realizes that his rightful place is in the Yukon and he decides to stay behind alone and live off the land. After several weeks, White Fang returns to the cabin site where he and Jack are happily reunited.
Critical reception & box office
The film received generally positive reviews, with a 63% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Film critic Roger Ebert, giving the film three stars out of four, described it as a film that "holds the natural world in wonder and awe", and praised the actors' "authentic and understated" performances. The film produced on a budget of $14,000,000 grossed $34,793,160 in North America. The film was also a particularly large box office hit in France where it had 3,501,373 admissions becoming the 4th highest earning film of 1994.
White Fang was released on VHS and Laserdisc on June 12, 1991, then released again for the 1992 re-releases and onto DVD on April 23, 2002.
- Genesis Award for Feature Film – Family in 1993.
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