Gary Paulsen's book "Hatchet," the recipient of the 1988 Newbery Award, was adapted into the movie "A Cry in the Wild" in 1990. With a running time of 82 minutes, the film is available for purchase in DVD form via Amazon.
"A Cry in the Wild" stars Jared Rushton as Brian Robeson, a young boy en route to visit his father. When his plane goes down, Brian is stranded in the Canadian wilderness. Armed with little else but his hatchet and his wits, Brian must fight to survive nature and the elements in the hope that rescue will come. The movie also features Pamela Sue Martin, Stephen Meadows and Ned Beatty. It was followed by three semi-sequels, "White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II," "White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild" and "White Wolves III: Cry of the White Wolf."