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Wild America [VHS]
In the summer of 1967, Mark (Devon Sawa), Marty (Scott Bairstow) and Marshall Stouffer (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) decide to go on an adventure, photographing America's wildlife. Their travels result in close encounters with a moose, hibernating bears and a hungry alligator.
You wouldn't know it by watching the mostly ridiculous escapades on display in Wild America, but this comedy/adventure for young boys is marginally based on the true story of Marshall, Mark, and Marty Stouffer, three young brothers who successfully pursued their dream of becoming wildlife film-makers. From their home in the South, the Stouffer boys embark on a cross-country trek to the West, where they hope to get rare footage from inside the dreaded Cave of the Sleeping Bears. Along the way they encounter cute British tourist girls, deadly alligators, a rampaging moose, and an Air Force fighter on a bombing range. In other words, Wild America is about as contrived as it could possibly be and still claim to be based on reality, but it is harmless enough for young viewers with its wholesome message about bravery, hard work, and family togetherness. Jonathan Taylor Thomas (from the American sitcom Home Improvement) leads the young cast of adventurers. --Jeff Shannon
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10 August 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I am major fan of Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Devon Sawa, so this film for me was a little piece of heaven. The storyline is brilliant and so is the acting. If you're a fan of Jonathans then you'll love this film. As ever his boyish charm shines through and the character will win you over straight away. The two other characters played by Devon Sawa and William Dear are also top rate. The film takes you through some amazing sights that exist throughout America, so if the stars of the film don't appeal to you, then the film is still worth watching, if only for the landscapes.
14 May 2005
I first saw this film in 1999 I loved it.The first thing that grabbed my attention was the 3 brothers and their relationship throughout the film and how it changes.The storyline about the youngest brother marshall was great.The film is like an adventure story,the type you would of loved to have gone on! Traveling,being young,free and inexperienced at almost everything.Its a bit like a coming of age film,finding yourself etc.This all sounds heavy but its not,the film is filled with humour from the brothers and all the other characters,the animals are great and some even get in on the humour too.The music even grabs me,the whole thing is a feel good factor of a film,one I would recommend anyone watching of any age.
12 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film is a definite must for all fans of Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I have followed his career closely throughout his days in 'Home Improvement' and as he emerged into film acting. This film shows a close bond between three brothers as they embark on a journey, leaving their small town life behind. The fact that 'Wild America' is based on a true story, makes the story even more exciting.
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