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Wild America (1997)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40000378
UPC: 085391558026
UPC 14: 00085391558026
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Take a ride on the wild side.
Get ready to take a ride on the wild side in this delightful family adventure. In the summer of 1967, three brothers learn trust and depend on each other when they set out to capture america's vanishing wildlife on film in an adventure that will last a life time.

"Terrific! Rollicking humor, sharp thrills and delightful fun!  Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Entertaining and evocative, with likable animals and teen heartthrobs to spare.  Hollywood Reporter
"...splendid! Thrilling!  New York Post
"Has all the spunk and humor of the old Hardy boys adventure stories.  Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...a delightfully far-fetched family adventure...  Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Entertaining and evocative, with likable animals and teen heartthrobs to spare.  The Hollywood Reporter

Editor's Note
A dramatization of the Stouffer brothers' first forays into the world of nature cinematography. In 1967, three brothers set off on a journey to capture the images of wild animals on film. What follows is an adventure fraught with perils: alligators, moose, bats, bears, and--oh yes--the United States Air Force. Great family fare with little insight into the vaunted Stouffer love for animals.

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Video Features DVD, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/7/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 102 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 15580
Video UPC UPC: 00085391558026
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Devon Sawa
Video Cast Info Frances Fisher
Video Cast Info Jamey Sheridan
Video Cast Info Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Video Cast Info Scott Bairstow
Video Cast Info Claudia Stedelin
Video Cast Info Danny Glover
Video Cast Info Zack Ward
Video Cast Info William Dear - Director
Video Cast Info Gary Barber - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Joel McNeely - Musical Score
Video Cast Info James G. Robinson - Producer
Video Cast Info Steven Jordan - Production Designer
Video Cast Info David Burr - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info David Michael Wieger - Writer
Video Cast Info Jack Ballance - Art Director
Video Cast Info Joel McNeely - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Mark Stouffer - Producer
Video Cast Info O. Nicholas Brown - Editor
Video Cast Info Steven J. Jordan - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Stuart H. Pappe - Editor

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...Well-photographed, grizzlies, gators and galloping moose..." 07/02/1997 p.5D

New York Times
"...It has a slick storybook charm that should appeal to children who like animals and enjoy the great outdoors. Some of the city is quite pretty..." 07/02/1997 p.C22

ReelViews 6 of 10
Supposedly, Wild America is a family film, but I can't figure out which members of the family it's intended for. Children will likely be bored by this adventure that doesn't really go anywhere, and adults will have their patience tried by the bad dialogue and juvenile plot twists. I could equate this with the kind of program that used to be shown on the old Wonderful World of Disney TV series, except I think those one hour shows, as plodding as they often were, offered more enjoyment...Parts of the film -- primarily those dealing with photographing wildlife -- are moderately engrossing, which leads me to wonder if there might have been an interesting story to tell here, had the film not ventured into the realm of half-baked melodrama...One wonders if there should have been some sort of "don't try this at home" warning attached to Wild America. After all, the kids in the film seem to be having fun (certainly more fun than those of us sitting in the audience are having), and they're never really in danger. Then again, where in real life is anyone going to find an alligator who likes chewing on flashlights, a belligerent rubber rattlesnake, or a bear that is stupid enough to hibernate in the middle of the summer? I guess the only real warning that should accompany Wild America is the one about avoiding dogs like this movie. - James Berardinelli

Variety 8 of 10
The antic coming of age of three Arkansas brothers centers the amusing and entertaining "Wild America." A yarn about pursuing one's dream, the film mostly sidesteps the serious stuff, making its points with levity...Director William Dear enjoys the ramble, emphasizing the tall-tale elements. There's an abiding sense of fun to the piece, and an exhilarating sweep to its vistas. A handsome production lovingly filmed by David Burr, "Wild America" moves at a clip that allows some clunky animatronic animal effects to be glossed over. The underlying sentiment is disarming, and begins to cloy only toward the end...The film largely rests on the shoulders of its young cast, and the central three are both charismatic and effective. Though the script favors Thomas, Bairstow and Sawa's characters register with strength and distinction, and the three actors work well as an ensemble. The supporting cast is very effective, though Sheridan tends to overplay the crustier aspects of his role. Danny Glover crops up in a lively, uncredited cameo as a grizzled mountain man who befriends the lads...Though pic stumbles a few times, using unnecessary contrivances to make points and elicit emotional responses, finally it's the filmmakers' ability to place us at the center of the action that makes "Wild America" such an enjoyable romp. - Leonard Klady

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