Wilderness Family 1975

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  1. Faiaoga

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    I have just come across an older film about "run away to the wilderness" that I managed to miss until now. The Adventures of the Wilderness Family (1975), in living color, shows a ruggedly handsome man, his attractive wife and their two wholesome children - all of whom pack up and drive away on the freeway to escape to a wilderness homestead (the film was shot in Colorado). It seems like a Walt Disney film production, but it apparently is not. The Robinsons (perhaps inspired by Swiss Family Robinson) go to a cabin by their lake, adopt a tame black bear and have many thrilling adventures while adapting to their new way of life. Interesting to see this now.

    Trailers and segments of the film are available on the internet. It seems that a series of three films were made in all. I have not seen the whole film, and I do not have a direct link to this.

    I do not know why I never heard about or saw this before - but in 1975 I was in the Samoas as a school teacher and out of touch with Hollywood films. Some people here may want to check this out.:4::14:
     
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    i own this movie and the sequels. my grandfather was an outdoorsman, and we would watch these movies with him all the time. i re-watched them recently, and they're pretty hokey. but they're wholesome, and they still have the same effect on me as dick proenneke.
     
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    I have a vague recollection of this film from when I was a kid in the '70s. I recollect that it caused a great yearning for the woods in this 10-year-old.

    Edit: Looks like the entire 1975 film is available free on Hulu:

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/733438
     
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    I was 4 when the first movie came out but I still remembering seeing it in the theater. One of my favorite movies from my childhood. For awhile it looked like it might become a semi-reality for my family.

    The old man & I a couple of years later...
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    just watched the first one my kids loved it thanks for the heads up
     
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    I am glad people can reminisce and have good memories of this. As I stated, I have only seen one of the trailers. The nice scenery and the decent acting seem to put this a cut above modern animated films about talking forest creatures or horror films about mutant monsters in the woods. I do wonder, though, about the truth concerning a tame black bear eating at table with the family. I will have to see more of the film trilogy to find out what happens when the evil forest ranger bureaucrat attempts to evict the wholesome family. :38:
     
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    Those were some of my favorite movies growing up. I need to find them for my daughter.
     
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    It's a product of it's time in a lot of ways. The family moves to the wilderness because the daughter develops allergies & can't function in the 'modern' world.

    Long before the current crop of 'preppers', there was a similar interest in homesteading & getting back to basics in the 1970s.
     
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    An internet search shows the set of films or DVDs available through Amazon, though I do not have details.:50:
     
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    Just got it from the library last week and watched it with my daughter. She loved it and I felt like I was a kid again.
     
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    Depending on when in 1975 they were relased I was either still in the womb or a infant. I have never heard of these movie but am intrigued now. I will be on the look out for them.

    edit: watching it now
     
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    I believe I saw this in the theater.
     
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    Loved this movie, seen it at the theater when I was a kid. Also catch, The Bears and I, if you get a chance. I think you would like it as well.
     
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    Finished watching it the other day. It was a "cute" movie. The little blonde girl kept getting in life threatening situations and the dog is a ferocious beast when he needs to be. LOL
     
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    I somehow bought the entire collection a few year's back. Never completely made it through the first one though. The kids are always getting themselves nearly killed.
     
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    Kids riding in the back of a pick up, love it.
     
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    I saw "The Wilderness Family" in 1975 with my family at the movies, and tried to talk Mom & Dad into moving. I also Loved "Jeremiah Johnson" and "The Mountain Men."
    I will have to watch wilderness family again, haven't seen it in years.
     
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    How have I not seen this??? I’m binge watching the trilogy now. Some cool Bushcraft in here and some utterly unrealistic stuff as well but it is good wholesome family entertainment. My little girl saw a little bit of it and was intrigued so I guess we’ll be watching it this weekend.
     
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    It's on Amazon prime video, parts 1 & 3. Free with ads.
    Remember the 1st one, didn't know they made more.
     

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