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The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 20 January 1980
A boy and his sled dog against the elements.

Director:

Peter Carter

Writers:

George Malko (screenplay), Walt Morey (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronny Cox ... Kurt Evans
Linda Sorensen ... Laura Evans
Andrew Ian McMillan Andrew Ian McMillan ... Andy Evans
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Dr. Vic Walker
John Ireland ... George Hunter
Iréna Mayeska Iréna Mayeska ... Edna Hunter (as Irena Mayeska)
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... Mac
John Candy ... Pinky
John Yesno John Yesno ... Charley One-Eye (as Johnny Yesno)
Cec Linder ... Eddie
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Storyline

The story of a champion Eskimo sled dog, named Kavik, who survives a plane crash in the wilds of Alaska and is found and cared for by a young boy, named Andy Evans, who brings Kavik back to his small hometown. But the dog's owner, George Hunter, takes Kavik back to his home in Colorado where the dog escapes and embarks on a 2,000-mile odyssey in search of Andy. Written by Matthew Patay

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kavik, the Wolf Dog See more »

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Budget:

CAD800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A fine heartwarming premise destroyed by mediocrity.
14 May 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

Whether or not you're familiar with KAVIK THE WOLF DOG, you will know that John Candy makes an appearance starting at the Gulf station (the video box fails to mention his name!). Still, this is a mighty rare "family" movie, but even the rarest of the rare can have the hiccups. The story involves a twelve-year old boy who finds and cares for a prize-winning companion. Redeemed by a life-death learning situation, a couple of miracles, and a dealing with loss, the movie suddenly gets into a flat sheet of frozen ice. Is this the next excuse for another WILD AMERICA episode with Marty Stouffer, or is it the director's fault? The midsection is a terrible embarrassment for the heartwarming and gentle story that teaches a lesson. It feels like you're at the drive-in theater, which was a host to several cheap wilderness flicks. This is exactly one of them, but check this out only if you like John Candy to appear in something different rather than comedies.


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