The subject for this movie then and now is the 1985 flick Journey of Natty Gann. Specifically we look the brief “old road” scene, which was shot in the Crowsnest Pass of Alberta. In it we see the two main characters during their cross-country trek and we return to that same location, some thirty years later, to check out what things look like today.
And has anything changed? Pretty much no, and as it was in the film is much as it appears today.
This is our first Natty Gann then and now, but you can expect more to come. Many scenes from that motion picture were shot in “The Pass”, a place we visit quite often.
The location seen here is the old Highway #3 alignment near Emerald Lake (just to the left and out of view) a few kilometres east of the BC border. This troublesome section of road was bypassed in the 1970s. It was prone rock fall – just look at all the boulders that have fallen from above since the movie was shot – and given its shaded location and the presence of many springs in those precipitous cliffs, it tended to ice over in the winter.
The new section of road is located just behind our photography position.
Natty Gann, a Disney Production, is not a terribly well known movie. It’s quite enjoyable though, if not a bit overly sentimental and syrupy sweet. We liked it and not just because it was shot in areas we’re so well familiar with. It follows the adventures of its namesake character, played by Meredith Salenger, as she travels the “American West” (most scenes were in fact shot in Canada) during the great depression, in search of her father who has been working in lumber camps out west. She is accompanied by a friend and fellow drifter, plated by John Cusak.
Stay tuned for more Natty Gann then and now posts. We shot several others the same time as this one which will soon become posts of their own.
If you wish more information on what you’ve seen here, by all means contact us!
Date of adventure: September, 2014.
Location: Crowsnest Pass, AB.