Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Chang poster.jpg
Directed by
Written byAchmed Abdullah
Produced by
  • Merian C. Cooper
  • Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Kru
  • Chantui
  • Nah
CinematographyErnest B. Schoedsack
Edited byLouis R. Loeffler
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 29, 1927 (1927-04-29)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States

Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness, also known simply as Chang (from Thai ช้าง, "elephant") is a silent film about a poor farmer in northern Nan Province (northern Thailand) and his daily struggle for survival in the jungle. The film was directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.[1] It was released by Famous Players-Lasky, a division of Paramount Pictures.


Kru, the farmer depicted in the film, battles leopards, tigers, and even a herd of elephants, all of which pose a constant threat to his livelihood. As filmmakers, Cooper and Schoedsack attempted to capture real life with their cameras, though they often re-staged events that had not been captured adequately on film. The danger was real to all the people and animals involved. Tigers, leopards, and bears are slaughtered on camera,[2] while the film's climax shows Kru's house being demolished by a stampeding elephant.


Home media[edit]

Chang was released for the first time on DVD by Image Entertainment on November 21, 2000.[3] Milestone Video would release the film on VHS and on DVD on January 8, 2002[4] and October 29, 2013, respectively.[3]


Chang was one of the "biggest movies of 1928".[2]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on eight reviews, with a weighted average rating of 7.6/10.[5]

Author and film critic Leonard Maltin awarded the film three and a half of four stars, calling the film "[a] fascinating ethnographic documentary/narrative".[6] Mordaunt Hall from The New York Times praised the film, calling it "vivid and thrilling".[7]


Chang was nominated for the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production at the first Academy Awards in 1929,[2] the only time that award was presented.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (April 30, 1927). "Chang A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c Biggs, Andrew (July 21, 2019). "What's past is prologue". Bangkok Post. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927) - Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack". Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness Silent VHS". Amazon. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927) Tomatoes". Rotten Flixer. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Leonard Maltin; Spencer Green; Rob Edelman (January 2010). Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide. Plume. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-452-29577-3.
  7. ^ Hall, Mordaunt. "THE SCREEN". New York Times. Mordaunt Hall. Retrieved April 9, 2018.

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