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Wonderful World Of Disney The Wild Country DVD
Wonderful World Of Disney The Wild Country DVD
Actor: Ron Howard
G     1hr 40min


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Actor: Ron Howard
Format: DVD
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)

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Movie Reviews

Terrific movie, finally on DVD
microjoe | 12/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"STORY: Set in the 1880's, this is the tale of a homesteading family, the Tanners, that gives up their entire finances to moves from back east Pittsburgh to a promising homestead in rural Wyoming. The family purchased the farm site unseen from a cousin. The father, mother, and two sons who have lived as city folk, arrive to find a ramshackle farm that they must begin to repair and learn to farm, the first of many setbacks they face. A bitter and violent local rancher threatens to cut off their water supply to drive them out. Mr. Tanner tries to tech his boys they need to respect the law and property rights rahter than responding in kind. Along the way they must develop the skills they need to survive and grow into a closer family. It's a very touching story of courage and morals in the worst conditions.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Most filming was done on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Production designer Robert Clatworthy was responsible for turning the green crops of real alfalfa brown overnight for the drought scenes. He mixed a concoction of so many dyes and paints he cleaned out all the local paint stores. Special effects also required a realistic tornado, and so the director arrange for the propellers of 3 snow planes as well as 7 Hollywood wind machines in order to create the wind. The incredibly realistic dust cloud could be seen 30 miles away.

This movie was released to theatres on January 20, 1971. Directed by Robert Totten and filmed in glorious Technicolor. Calvin Clements Jr. loosely adapted the screenplay from the original book "Little Britches" by Ralph Moody. The terrific cast includes Steve Forrest as the father Jim. Vera Miles stars as the mother Kate, and appeared in 5 other Disney movies including "Those Calloways" and "Follow Me, Boys!". Ron Howard stars as their son Virgil, and had also appeared in "Smoke", and "A Boy Called Nuthin'". Clint Howard appeared as Andrew. Jack Elam stars as a the mountain man. An interesting note, this is the first time that 3 members of the Howard family were in the same theatrical movie. Ron Howard would later return to Disney to direct the hit "Splash" under the Touchstone label. The movie's running time is 100 minutes long. The movie later aired on "The Wonderful World of Disney" television show as a two part episode on February 23 and March 2 1975. It re-aired in 1981. It was first released on video in 1986. It was on the shelf ever since until this new release on DVD."
Wikd Country DVD a throwback to the old DIsney tradition
DMH | Cleveland, OH | 06/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Despite this movie coming out in 1971, 5 years after Walt Disney's death, it still has the same flavor as an OLD YELLER or SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, although not quite in the same class as those two films. Nevertheless, WILD COUNTRY is a well-done, underrated family western in the grand Disney style that is largely forgotten today, despite being one of Ron Howard's early films. I remember seeing this movie as a two-part Sunday night Wonderful World of Disney presentation in the late 1970's and have never forgotten it. I always remembered the tornado scene, with the funnel cloud unfurling on the horizon. Not as good as WIZARD of OZ, but still exciting. I sometimes lament the loss of this type of family entertainment in the present day Disney canon. When you see what the family goes through in this movie and then compare it with say the conflict in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, you can't help but see the shallowness of the Disney product today. I love these old Disney movies and think all children should see them, because they represent Disney before it became a marketing monolith, which today is more interested in selling Princess handbags and tiaras than giving young people a sampling of American history, albeit a romanticized one. Thank God I grew up when I did."
To a new land
Chrijeff | Scranton, PA | 01/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Caveat: the credits claim that this Disney TV special was adapted from Ralph Moody's Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers, but in fact almost the only aspect of the book that survives the transition is the character of old-fashioned trapper Thompson (Jack Elam). That much said, it succeeds on its own terms as the story of a family's struggles to survive and prosper in the Wild West. Jim Tanner (Steve Forrest) brings his wife Kate (Vera Miles) and two sons, 16-year-old Virgil (Ronny Howard) and 11-year-old Andrew (Clint Howard), from Pittsburgh to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, during the time of the Johnson County War, hoping to start a farm. Unfortunately the one purchased for him by his distant cousin Phil (Dub Taylor) is not only almost in ruins, it's dependent for water on the spillover of a dam controlled by upcountry cowman Ab Cross (Morgan Woodward), and as Thompson warns the "Tanner men," Cross isn't about to honor his agreement about the water. Jim is determined to make Cross see reason and not resort to violence, but young Virgil begins to doubt if that's possible, while Kate, like many homesteading women, becomes more and more focused on going back to "civilization" as the obstacles pile up in their path.

Like Clint Walker's The Night of the Grizzly [VHS], this low-key Western focuses on the kind of real trials faced by the pioneers, framing it all in gorgeous scenery and leavening it with humor (Elam steals every scene he's in, supported by Frank deKova as his Indian partner Two Dog and their four-legged companion Wolf, who is one). Renovating their ramshackle buildings, hunting for meat, catching a wild mare and helping her birth her foal, surviving a tornado, driving range cattle off their crops, and waiting all the while for Cross to drop the other boot, the Tanners develop as real people and make an unforgettable group of characters. Families will find this movie a great starting point for conversation about all sorts of large issues, as well an exciting and funny adventure-Western in itself."
Disney western
A. G. Beck | wellington nz | 05/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"here is a wonderful western from disney. filmed in natural glorious color the story is set in wyoming in the 1890's and is about a family with 2 sons. the story concerns water rights and confrontation with a local rancher who is very mean.during the film the family come face to face with wild bears storms fire and murder. it is a great adventure for the whole family.allan g beck of wellington nz."