White Fang 2

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Like the original WHITE FANG adventure in 1991, this sequel is also set in Alaska in the early 1900's. A young gold prospector, Henry Casey (Scott Bairstow), lives in a remote, rustic cabin with his half dog-half wolf companion, White Fang. While taking his gold nuggets to market, Henry suffers a boating accident, but is rescued by Lily Joseph (Charmaine Craig), a lovely maiden from a nearby Indian tribe. He's persuaded to help the Indians find a lost herd of caribous which leads to an exciting and dangerous adventure. All along the way, Henry, Lily, Lily's brother and White Fang are threatened by a gang of greedy miners who want the Indians' land. To make matters worse, the miners are in cahoots with an evil man (Leland Drury) posing as a priest. They fight to survive gun battles, vicious animal traps, and a violent encounter in an underground mine shaft. Even though Lily tries not to become romantically attracted to Henry, she does and must make a difficult decision when it comes time for Henry to leave. WHITE FANG 2 is an outstanding, well produced film with plenty of excitement and spectacular wilderness scenery.

WHITE FANG 2 is refreshingly free of virtually all offensive content. PG films of this caliber seem to be becoming more rare as time goes on. With only two mild rough words, it is devoid of obscenities, profanities or sexual content. The adventures contain shooting threats, a gun shot injury, a man caught in an animal trap, hand fighting, and a man trampled by a herd of caribous. However, these are not severe or graphic, and are a legitimate part of the story development. Even adolescents will not be unduly disturbed. Lily and Henry have a wholesome relationship and Henry risks his life to help the Indians. Indian religious ceremonies are portrayed as well as Lily's brother's ability to change into a raven at will. He even becomes a raven at his death. This is presented more in the context of a myth than reality. WHITE FANG 2 is great entertainment for adolescents and teen-agers, and older folks will like it too.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution Inc., 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

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Crude Language: Twice - Mild

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times - Moderate (Shooting threats and one shooting; trap clamps on rear of man; striking and fighting; rough treatment; man pushed off cliff; man trampled by caribou)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Once (man drinks whiskey)

Other: Mythical changing of man to raven; dreams transmit messages; Indian religious beliefs; boy comically affected by laxative

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Intended Audience: Adolescents, teen-agers and young adults

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