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White Fang

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White Fang

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
107 minutes
performer:
Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ethan Hawke, Randal Kleiser, Seymour Cassel, William Moseley, James Remar
director:
Randal Kleiser
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Home Video
genre:
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a C-

White Fang, Jack London’s classic novel about a young adventurer who befriends a wolf-dog in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness has a lot of built-in hooks: scenes of bad guys abusing the animal and training him to be a killer; teary, Lassie Come Home reunions; our hero discovering gold in them thar hills. Yet despite some splendid snowcapped vistas and one rather frightening grizzly-bear attack, this new screen version is dramatically inert. Nothing in the picture really takes hold — certainly not the relationship between Jack (Ethan Hawke) and White Fang, who seem like near-strangers even at the final clinch. C-