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A Cry in the Wild is a 1990 coming of age-survival drama film based on the book Hatchet, written by Gary Paulsen. The film stars Jared Rushton as Brian, Pamela Sue Martin as Brian's mom, Stephen Meadows as Brian's dad, and Ned Beatty as the pilot. It spawned three sequels: White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II; White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild; and White Wolves III: Cry of the White Wolf.[1]

A Cry in the Wild
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Film poster
Directed byMark Griffiths
Produced byRoger Corman
Julie Corman
Written byGary Paulsen
Catherine Cyran
StarringJared Rushton
Pamela Sue Martin
Stephen Meadows
Ned Beatty
Music byArthur Kempel
CinematographyGreg Heschong
Edited byCarol Oblath
Distributed byConcorde Pictures
MGM Home Entertainment
Release date
  • June 1, 1990 (1990-06-01)



The movie opens up with Brian Robeson and his mother getting a package. She later gives it to Brian revealing it to be a hatchet at the airport. When Brian gets on the single engine plane with the pilot they have a short conversation.

The pilot lets Brian fly the plane and Brian enjoys it. However, when the pilot has a heart attack and dies, the plane crashes in the wilderness of Yukon, leaving Brian to try to survive, all while dealing with his parents' divorce.



The film was originally released in 1990. On September 23, 1991, it aired for the first time on television in the United States on PBS as part of the series WonderWorks.


The film received mixed reviews from critics, and holds a 40% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]


  1. ^ Wilson, Staci Layne (2007). Animal Movies Guide. Running Free Press. p. 282.
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