Running Free

DVD Release: July 18, 2000


A young boy befriends a wild wolverine.

Dove Review

“Running Free” is an intriguing story about a young boy that befriends an orphaned wolverine cub and the great friendship that develops between them. This scenic movie, which was filmed in Alaska, features beautiful landscapes throughout different seasons. The cute wolverine is curious, which makes for some comedic moments. Other creatures are showcased in their natural habitats, including eagles, bears, Canada geese, and more.

Friendship, loyalty and determination are all nice qualities that are featured in the movie. Anyone that has ever helped a stray animal or simply loved an animal will relate to this story, as will nature lovers. This movie has earned four Doves and is awarded our Dove Seal for ages 12-plus.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: A child falls and cuts himself—a little blood is shown; a man is attacked by a wolverine, and there is some blood; an accident causes a cabin to be set on fire, and it explodes; bear attempts to attack a boy but a wolverine prevents it; a wolverine is shot with a tranquilizer; man gets into fight; a wolverine is beaten with a large stick, and he scratches the man, leaving blood on the man's forehead; a few other attack scenes; wolverine's paw is caught in trap.
Drugs: Bar scene where drinks are seen served and a character smokes a cigarette.
Nudity: Shirtless man seen with cuts and burns.
Other: Tension between characters; young child is disrespectful toward mother; in a tense scene, a woman has to shimmy across a rope over a gorge far below; a boy grieves over a wounded animal but the animal survives.


Company: Lionsgate
Director: Steve Kroschel
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter