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An American boy runs away in the Indian jungle after a fight with his father.



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Complete credited cast:
Hugh Bowen
I.S. Johar ...
Sajid Khan ...
P. Jairaj ...
Gammu Ghat (as Jairaj)
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An American boy runs away in the Indian jungle after a fight with his father.

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Action that tears the screen apart!


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26 May 1966 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Maya the Magnificent  »

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2.35 : 1
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When One-eye runs into the bus to hide from Maya, all the windows on the side are open, and he closes only the one closest to him. The next scene, shot from inside the bus, shows all the windows closed. See more »


Hugh Bowen: you look like your mother... got her eyes.
[Hugh looks at his son and misses his wife]
Terry Bowen: yeah but every one says I take after you...
[terry responds in order to win over the affections of his father whom he is meeting after several years and is trying heard to develop a bond with]
Hugh Bowen: they do? huh?
[unable to express his love for his son, hugh looks aways and get busy trying to find a towel for his son to help him settle down in a new room]
Terry Bowen: mother thought so too.
[terry insists]
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Action that tears the screen apart
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Set in the Indian Land........ the story is about the relationship of a father and his son. Jay North (dennis the Mennace fame) arrives in India on a mission. The mission is to meet his father , a retired hunter(played by Clint walker). After an argument the 14 year old son runs away from home. A teenager full of the spirit of adventure, wants to explore the land . He then meets an Indian Hindu bay, about his age. The Hindu boy is the son of a dying saddu(Indian priest). The Saddhu tells his boy to take MAYA ( Mother elephant) and Her sacred white , baby elephant to the scared temple in a far away valley. In India the white elephants are considered Holy and hence , Invaluable. The story weaves a plot where a friendship develops between two young boys.... a friendship that transcends race, religion and all cultural differences. On the other hand the Hunter father sets off to find his son. The saga takes us through an array of human emotions..... love, hate , greed , honesty and loyalty. Since the movie was shot in 1965, it used real animals and no camera effects. In a scene, the elephant picks up the bus and throws it at the villains to save its baby.The shot is remarkable. The tiger fight of Clint walker , at the end of the movie is breath taking considering there were no camera tricks nor animation. The music of the film is amazing. Maya also won the southern Californian family film award in 1966. This is a complete family movie. The values which we still hold true in todays world. A must see!!!

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