The Wild Country is a 1970 American adventure film directed by Robert Totten and starring Steve Forrest and Vera Miles. Produced by Walt Disney Productions, the film was initially released on January 20, 1971 with a screenplay based on the Ralph Moody book Little Britches.


Uprooted from their comfortable home in Pennsylvania, James and Kate Tanner, along with their sons Virgil and Andy (played by real-life brothers Ron and Clint Howard) journey to the wild country of 1890's Wyoming to become farmers. Soon, they come face to face with tornadoes, bears, and wolves. But through the hardships their love for each other endures, even when a local rancher sees the newcomers as "squatters" on his land, and will stop at nothing -- including murder -- to drive them out.


  • Steve Forrest as Jim Tanner
  • Vera Miles as Kate Tanner
  • Ron Howard as Virgil Tanner (as Ronny Howard)
  • Clint Howard as Andrew Tanner
  • Dub Taylor as Phil
  • Jack Elam as Thompson
  • Frank DeKova as Two Dog
  • Morgan Woodward as Ab Cross
  • Woody Chambliss as Dakota (as Woodrow Chambliss)
  • Karl Swenson as Jensen
  • Mills Watson as Feathers


Copyright info

A copyright renewal for the film was registered on June 29, 1998.[1] The copyright to the story it is based on was also renewed in the U.S.[2]


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