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Sourdough Reviews

An outdoors frontier film about an old fur trapper, Perry, who ventures through the wilderness while trying to escape the advances of modern civilization. The plot comes second to the picturesque photography of the crystalline expanses of Alaska--scenes better suited for travelogs, which is essentially what this picture is. Intercut into the film are antique stills and old black-and-white footage, and the entire picture is narrated by Gene Evans. Like so many of the nature films of the 1970s (the best known being THE ADVENTURES OF THE WILDERNESS FAMILY [1975], which also spawned a pair of sequels), SOURDOUGH was distributed by a method called fourwalling, which consisted of the filmmakers renting theaters throughout the country, at one time, and saturating the market with commercials in order to recoup their investment at once.