The Call of the Wild (1972 film)
|The Call of the Wild|
|Directed by||Ken Annakin|
Harry Alan Towers
|Music by||Carlo Rustichelli|
|Edited by||Thelma Connell|
|Distributed by||Intercontinental Releasing Corp.|
John Thornton (Charlton Heston) a prospector in the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush is trying to eke out a living in the harsh conditions of the bitterly cold Yukon region of Canada, with Buck the German Shepherd dog he befriends. Thornton struggles against unscrupulous rivals and natural hazards in the extreme conditions and is greatly helped by Buck who has his own story to tell: he was abducted from a family home and taken north to become a working sled dog. Man and dog forge a true bond of friendship, working together to survive life in the treacherous frozen North. Thornton is killed by Yeehat Indians, but Buck kills the men to avenge John Thornton. At the end of the film, Buck comes to the White River to mourn the place where he died.
- Charlton Heston – John Thornton
- Michèle Mercier – Calliope Laurent
- Raimund Harmstorf – Pete
- George Eastman – Black Burton
- Maria Rohm – Mercedes
- Juan Luis Galiardo – Seze
- Sancho Gracia – Taglish Charlie
- Friedhelm Lehmann – Charles
- Horst Heuck – Hal
- Rik Battaglia – Dutch Harry
- Alfredo Mayo – Judge Miller
- Sverre Wilberg – Colonel
The film was shot on location in Finland.
Charlton Heston in his autobiography In the Arena: An Autobiography made it very clear how unhappy he was with this film and asked people to not watch it. Although it was poorly received upon release, and wasn't released in the United States until 1975, today the film is seen in a better light. Contemporary British and Irish Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide described it as a "swinging back to action-adventure", starring "Charlton Heston at his best", another in the "long line of Annakin's panoramic films featuring a myriad of beautiful locations".
- Gale, C.L. (2015). A Study Guide for Jack London's The Call of the Wild. Novels for Students. The Gale Group, Inc. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-4103-3556-2. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
- Allon, Yoram; Cullen, Del; Patterson, Hannah (2001). Contemporary British and Irish Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide. Wallflower Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-903364-21-5.
- Charlton Heston (1997). In the Arena: An Autobiography. Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated. ISBN 978-1-57297-267-4.
- Moore, R. (2014). Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown. Michael O'Mara. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-78243-267-8. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
Incidentally, of the former film, its star, Charlton Heston said, 'The worst film I ever made was The Call of the Wild.