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 Post subject: The Call of the Wild
PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:47 pm 
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Directed by: Ken Annakin
Production year: 1972
Starring: Charlton Heston, Michéle Mercier, Raimund Harmstorf


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Government mail carriers Thornton and Pete Smith (Raimund Harmstorf) take mail and supplies across the brutal Yukon wilderness from Skagway to Dawson City during the 1898 Klondike gold rush. An intelligent German Shepherd, Buck is stolen from his beloved owner in California and sold to John as a sled dog, whose loyalty to his new master is tested when John tries his own hand at prospecting.

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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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Is this movie as bad as Chuck himself said it was? In his autobiography In The Arena, he says that it's the worst movie he ever made. A lot of it had to do with the fact that the foreign investors brought in popular actors from their countries so that the movie would sell well in their market. Some of them didn't even know English that well.

In his book, Heston says that he had recently found out that the movie somehow had escaped into cable (it wasn't released once it was finished because of the mess it was), and asks the readers NOT to watch it, ending the sentence with "Please." :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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Its terrible alright, but some of the scenery is terrific, so CALL OF THE WILD isn't a complete bust. The most disappointing aspect of the movie is the dubbing - its bloody awful!


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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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Its terrible alright, but some of the scenery is terrific, so CALL OF THE WILD isn't a complete bust. The most disappointing aspect of the movie is the dubbing - its bloody awful!

Ah, it's dubbed as well? I must have forgotten that, or Heston didn't mention that. I hate it when movies are dubbed, doesn't help things if they're horrible dubbed either. I don't think I've ever seen a Heston movie that is downright bad, so watching this will be interesting, in a way.

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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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Actually CALL OF THE WILD was released all over the world back in the early 70's. I myself saw in a theater in Milwaukee, WI in 1974. It is a bit of a mess, but a very releasable mess for the time. I have no doubt the producing company made a tidy profit on it.


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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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Actually CALL OF THE WILD was released all over the world back in the early 70's. I myself saw in a theater in Milwaukee, WI in 1974. It is a bit of a mess, but a very releasable mess for the time. I have no doubt the producing company made a tidy profit on it.

Interesting, did not know that, and reading his book it's as if he didn't know that either. Maybe it was a limited release and no promotion was needed of Chuck?

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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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Here is a Italian poster for the movie.


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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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and another one.


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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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Found this ad in the Milwaukee Journal circa 1976.


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 Post subject: Re: The Call of the Wild
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Yugoslavian poster.


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