Il Ritorno di Zanna Bianca
The Return of White Fang
Le Retour de Croc-Blanc / Challenge to White Fang / Die Teufelsschlucht der wilden Wölfe / Wolfsblut kehrt zurück
Italy/France/West Germany 1973
Coralta Cinematografica, Les Films Corona, Terra-Filmkunst/Titanus
directed by Lucio Fulci
starring Franco Nero, Virna Lisi, John Steiner, Raimund Harmstorf, Yanti Somer, Werner Pochath, Hannelore Elsner, Renato De Carmine, Harry Carey jr, Renato Cestiè, Donald O'Brien, Rolf Hartmann, John Bartha, Paolo Magalotti, Sergio Smacchi, Ezio Marano, Stanislaus Gunawan, Vittorio Fanfoni, Carla Mancini
screenplay by Lucio Fulci, Alberto Silvestri, Roberto Gianviti, based on the characters created by Jack London, music by Carlo Rustichelli, special effects by Gino De Rossi
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A sequel to the previous year's Zanna
Independently from each other, almost all of the protagonists of the
first film - Beauty Smith (John Steiner), Sister Evangelina (Virna Lisi),
the wolf-dog White Fang, and Jason Scott (Franco Nero) and Kurt Jansen
(Raimund Harmstorf) - find themselves in another Alaskan gold rush town,
and once again Beauty is trying to bleed the town and its citizens dry
while Sister Evangelina is caring for the sick and poor, White fang
belongs to another young boy, Billy (Renato Cestiè) while Scott and
Jansen are once again the overall good guys.
Beauty once again tries every trick in the book to make a fortune of
the poor citizens and get rid of his opponents, in one scene he even has
White Fang accused of a murder and tries to have the dog stoned by an
angry lynchmob, in another he has the local hospital burned down - and
eventually it becomes clear what it is all about: Billy's gramps (Harry
Carey jr) knows about a rich ore of gold he wants to exploit for his
grandson's good, but Beauty wants his hands on the ore - which eventually
culminates in a shootout that in turn sets off a ravine that buries both
And now, the ore belongs to Billy, right ?
Wrong, because Gramps never stated his claim, and now young Harvey
(Werner Pochath), the only surviving henchman of Beauty, wants the ore for
himself ... and rather surprisingly, the decision who the ore actually
belongs to is decided in a dogsleigh race, which Harvey sweems to win
until Scott, his only real opponent, throws White Fang into the mix, who
leads the dogs like no other dog, and who saves the ore for Billy.
And Harvey ?
During the race, he is run over by his own sleigh.
If you have seen Zanna Bianca,
its sequel will seem more of the same to you - which isn't too good since Zanna
Bianca wasn't too good a film in the first place, and the sequel
is rather sloppily written. So yes, this one sucks, it's another cheesy
story about a boy and his dog, with some gold rush-Western elements thrown
in, but ultimately it all amounts to rather little. Not really worth your