The Journey of Natty Gann

Synopsis: Natty Gann (played by Meredith Salenger) is a twelve year old Depression era girl whose single-parent father leaves her behind in Chicago while he goes to Washington State to look for work in the timber industry. Natty runs away from the guardian she was left with to follow Dad. She befriends and is befriended by a wolf that has been abused in dog fights, hops a freight train west, and is presumed dead when her wallet is found after the train crashes. Dad gets bitter and endangers himself in his new job. Meanwhile Natty has a series of adventures and mis- adventures in various farmhouses, police stations, hobo camps, reform schools, and boxcars.
Genre: Adventure, Family
Director(s): Jeremy Kagan
Production: Walt Disney Productions
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

What was that ?


[ Sol ]

dear Natty.

I got a job...

At a lumber camp

in Washington state.

They're shippin' me out

today. I wanted to see

you first.

But maybe that would

have been tougher.

You mind Connie.

I'll send for you

as soon as I can.

Love, dad.

P.S. This was your mom's.

I think you should have it.

Anything for me ?

No. Nothing.

(music) [ big band music on radio ]

(music) you're mean to me (music)

(music) why must you be mean-- (music)

[ puppy whimpering softly ]

(music) you love to see me cryin' (music)

[ slam ]

Where the hell do you

think you're going ?


Oh, at this hour.

Just for a walk.

You stop right where

you are, young lady.

Upstairs, that's

where you're goin',

miss smarty-pants.

Come on. Maybe he lets

you run wild, but not me.

Understand ?

It's different with me.

Go on, move it !

You're not the boss of me.

Bull crackers ! Now

get upstairs. Move it.

[ exhales ]

what am I gonna do ?

What if he never sends

for her ? What if...

He just leaves her here

with me ?

Oh... God.

You ever ride the rails,

Sherman ?

- What you say, girl ?

- You ever ride the rails ?

Girl, what are you

thinkin' about ?


Good. Because it's hell

out there on them rails.

Fats Chessman got both

of his legs chopped off

under the iron wheel.

Oklahoma Slim got

a big scar on his throat...

Where someone tried

to cut him for his shoes.

You can get your guts spilled

out there if you don't know

what you're doin'.

Do you understand ?

Do you understand ?

[ woman ]

what's goin' on ?

[ man ] another eviction.

[ man ]

another family

out on the street.

[ thunder ]

Frankie !

Come on, come on !

Get your hands off my dad !

- [ crowd shouting ]

- [ officer ] come on !

Get outta here, kid.

Let go of my family !

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