The Wild Country

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Wild Country (1970 Movie)

“The Wild Country” is a captivating 1970 adventure film that takes audiences on a thrilling journey into the untamed wilderness of the American West. Directed by Robert Totten, the film stars Steve Forrest as Sam, a resourceful homesteader, and Vera Miles as his wife, Katie. The story unfolds as Sam moves his family, including their son, Travis (played by Ron Howard), to the rugged and remote wilderness of Montana to start a new life.

The film beautifully captures the challenges and triumphs of pioneer life as the family encounters various obstacles, including wild animals, harsh weather, and even a band of hostile outlaws. Along their journey, they form a deep bond with an abandoned wolf pup they name “Cub,” who becomes a loyal companion and an integral part of their family.

“The Wild Country” is not only an enthralling adventure film but also a heartfelt portrayal of the enduring spirit of determination, resilience, and the importance of family bonds. The breathtaking cinematography showcases the majestic landscapes of the American frontier, immersing viewers in the beauty and danger of the wild.

The performances by the cast are stellar, with Steve Forrest and Vera Miles portraying their characters with depth and authenticity. Ron Howard’s portrayal of the young Travis is endearing, capturing the innocence and curiosity of a boy coming of age in the wilderness.

The film’s compelling narrative, combined with its heartwarming moments and stunning visuals, make “The Wild Country” a memorable and timeless family film. It offers a valuable lesson about the significance of respecting nature and the importance of coexisting harmoniously with the wildlife that inhabits the wild.

With its powerful storytelling and memorable characters, “The Wild Country” remains a treasured gem among classic adventure films, appealing to audiences of all ages who appreciate tales of courage, adventure, and the indomitable spirit of the American frontier.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $4 million
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  • Steve Forrest: Jim Tanner
  • Vera Miles: Kate Tanner
  • Ron Howard: Virgil Tanner
  • Clint Howard: Andrew Tanner
  • Dub Taylor: Phil
  • Jack Elam: Thompson
  • Frank de Kova: Two Dog
  • Morgan Woodward: Ab Cross
  • Woodrow Chambliss: Dakota
  • Karl Swenson: Jensen
  • Mills Watson: Feathers


  • Director: Robert Totten
  • Producer: Ron Miller
  • Music: Robert F. Brunner

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