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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

PG  |   |  Family, Adventure, Fantasy  |  14 July 1995 (USA)
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On his ninth birthday a boy receives many presents. Two of them first seem to be less important: an old cupboard from his brother and a little Indian figure made of plastic from his best ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Little Bear
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On his ninth birthday a boy receives many presents. Two of them first seem to be less important: an old cupboard from his brother and a little Indian figure made of plastic from his best friend. But these two presents turn out to be much more magic than the rest... Written by Volker Boehm

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Adventure comes to life

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Rated PG for mild language and brief video images of violence and sexy dancing | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La llave mágica  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)


£1,234,684 (UK) (19 January 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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Director Frank Oz got permission from George Lucas to use the character, Darth Vader, in the film. See more »


When Omri goes to pick up one of the figures from the cupboard, the closeup shows it on the top shelf. In the external shot he picks it up from the bottom of the cupboard. See more »


Boone: [crying] Everybody's so big!
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Referenced in New Girl: Kids (2012) See more »

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'Omri" One Of The Most Likable Kids Ever On Film
17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a sucker for nice kids, not those snotty ones seen so often in films from the '60s to the present. In here is a wonderful neat-looking little kid, Hal Sardino, who is unusual in that this is the only movie he ever starred in. To his credit, Scardino went on to live a "normal" life after this film, eventually going to college as a regular student like you and me with no celebrity status.

The film is anything but "normal," a fantasy about a young boy who receives a cupboard that transforms little toy figurines - in this case, an Indian and then a cowboy. - into miniature real-life people. Each time he opens or closes the box with the figures in them, they change to either real or back to plastic.

Scardino, who plays Omri," is fun to watch, if for no other reason than the great expressions on his face. He has to be one of the most likable children I've ever seen on film. Meanwhile, his best friend "Patrick" is the only villain, so to speak, only because he's a bit "defiant," as his mother labels him and he almost spoils everything for "Omri."

It's a solid family film that is fun for both the parents and kids to watch at the same time. Both will get a lot of entertainment out of it. With just a bit of profanity early on and a bit of obvious political correctness, there is nothing in here which should offend viewers. Critics didn't seem to care for it, so you know it truly was a nice, wholesome film....and fun to watch.

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