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One of my all time favorites!

by JK. on 12/16/2008

Wild America is a classic, it has been my favorite movie ever since it first came out 11 years ago. There was something about the characters and plot that make it easy to relate to. I grew up in a completely different lifestyle then they did, a much more urban environment, but who wouldn't want to live their simple life? As for the plot, who hasn't had a wild dream that they would love to chase? It really makes you want to go out there and do it! You learn appreciate the outdoors and what is out there.

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An amazing true story of the Stouffer brothers, three boys whose summer vacation would turn into an adventure to last a lifetime. It's summer of 1968, and Marty, Mark, and Marshall Stouffer have a wild idea. Fasinated by the nature that surrounds them, they decide to hit th road with a 16mm camera to capture America's vanishing wildlife in its unspoiled natural habitat.

Now these three intrepid travelers will learn to trust and depend on each other as they record their life-endangering odyssey and collect images never before seen of majestic, powerful animals in their natural surroundings.


Studio Warner
SKU 207542371
UPC 883929020089
UPC 14 00883929020089
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2008
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Claudia Stedelin - Actor
Danny Glover - Actor
David Burr - Cinematographer
David Michael Wieger - Writer
Devon Sawa - Actor
Frances Fisher - Actor
Gary Barber - Executive Producer
Jack Ballance - Art Director
Jamey Sheridan - Actor
Joel McNeely - Original Music By
Jonathan Taylor Thomas - Actor
Mark Stouffer - Producer
O. Nicholas Brown - Editor
Scott Bairstow - Actor
Steven J. Jordan - Production Designer
Stuart H. Pappe - Editor
William Dear - Director
Zack Ward - Actor
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Variety
Review 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.
Reviewer Leonard Klady
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice Has all the spunk and humor of the old Hardy boys adventure stories.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times ...a delightfully far-fetched family adventure...
New York Post ...splendid! Thrilling!
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle Terrific! Rollicking humor, sharp thrills and delightful fun!
The Hollywood Reporter Entertaining and evocative, with likable animals and teen heartthrobs to spare.
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One of my all time favorites! by JK. on Dec 16, 2008