White Fang 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… White Fang 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… PG PT107M Action/Adventure Drama Klaus Maria Brandauer Ethan Hawke Randal Kleiser Seymour Cassel William Moseley James Remar Buena Vista Pictures Walt Disney Home Video
Movie Review

White Fang (1991)

MPAA Rating: PG
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Rated: PG; Length: 107 minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama; With: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ethan Hawke and Randal Kleiser; Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures and Walt Disney Home Video

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-

Originally posted Jan 25, 1991 Published in issue #50 Jan 25, 1991 Order article reprints
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