Anybody interested in understanding the
human psyche's fear of the mysterious outdoors, really has to see and/or read
"Deliverance". Be warned, its rated R and still packs a
punch to this day. However, book by James Dickey is even better,
especially the free climbing scene when the main character tries to
get out of the gorge.
My 3 year old loves "Ferngully: The Last
Rainforest" - as a parent, I've found this movie and "Ferngully
#2" fascinating to see ways in which the wilderness, nature, and human
destruction of nature, are presented in cartoons.
Who remembers "Gentle Ben"? - a classic series
of boy meets wild nature and learns to understand and respect its
power and compassion.
One of favorite shows as a kid was "Skippy" -
it was the Australian equivalent of "Gentle Ben"; boy whose father is
a park ranger befriends a kangaroo and together they get up to all
sorts of mischief and adventures, including battling bush fires and
"River Wild" with Meryl Streep is not all that
good. Its a bad remake of "Deliverance", so the special effects
are better, but the story no-where near as captivating. Too
For more outdoor movies, go to
Top 10 Outdoor Movies
What are your favorite "Wilderness Movies"?