I couldn't get past the fact that I could see that this wasn't a real dog. This kinda ruined my enjoyment / immersion. And that they also took liberties with the story - the book. 4 out of 10.
Yukon, Canada (Klondike Gold Rush) British Columbia, Canada Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Santa Clarita, California, USA
More Box Office Blunders:
Wikipedia says: "As of March 15, 2020, The Call of the Wild has grossed $62.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $45.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $107.3 million. Due to its high production and marketing costs, the film will need to gross $250–275 million in order to break-even; various publications estimate it will lose the studio between $50–100 million."
MFW: This isn't the first time that Disney has made this identical marketing blunder. Solo: a Star Wars Movie also took a huge loss of millions of dollars from over marketing. (Ironically, Harrison Ford was the original Han Solo.)
When The Frisco Kid came out (1979), Wilder and Harrison
were both Billed pretty well equally.
But Harrison was already in Star Wars(1977) and his Star was going nova.
By the time the DVDs showed up, Harrison had almost pushed Gene right off the covers.
The Frisco Kid Trivia
- from Internet Movie Database IMDB
The working title for the film was "No Knife."
The sixth and final Western Directed by Robert Aldrich. Aldrich's earlier Westerns were Apache(1954), Vera Cruz(1954), 4 for Texas(1963), Ulzana's Raid(1972) and The Last Sunset(1961).
Gene Wilder says that John Wayne was offered the part that was eventually played by Harrison Ford. Said Wayne loved the role and was eager to work with Wilder. However, an agent tried to offer Wayne less than his usual fee and the legendary actor turned the film down. This may be true, but unlikely. By 1979 Wayne was too ill with stomach cancer to consider film work, and in fact he died later that year from the disease. If it is true, it would be an interesting coincidence since Mel Brooks offered Wayne a role in Blazing Saddles- the only other Western that Wilder made.
Not the first Western for Harrison Ford. Ford appeared in Westerns when he was unknown in television and in such films as Journey to Shiloh(1968) and A Time for Killing(1967). However, The Frisco Kid(1979) would be Ford's last Western until Cowboys & Aliens(2011) (Which I don't consider a Western - MFW)
One of a number of Hollywood Westerns that were a flop at the box-office during the late 1970s / early 1980s. Others included Barbarosa(1982), The Mountain Men(1980), The Villain(1979), Goin' South (1978), Hard Country(1981), The Frisco Kid(1979), Cattle Annie and Little Britches(1981), and The Legend of the Lone Ranger(1981).
Gene Wilder Career Awards and Nominations
1962 Won Clarence Derwent Award / Best Performance by an Actor in a Non-featured Role / The Complaisant Lover
1968 Nominated Academy Award / Best Supporting Actor / The Producers
1971 Nominated Golden Globe Award / Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy / Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
1974 Nominated Academy Award / Writing Adapted Screenplay / Young Frankenstein
1976 Nominated Golden Globe Award / Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy / Silver Streak
2003 Won Primetime Emmy Award / Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series / Will & Grace