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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
Jane (Mom)
Victor (Dad)
Rishi Bhat ...
Gillon (brother)
Ryan Olson ...
Leon Tejwani ...
Baby Martin
Lucas Tejwani ...
Baby Martin
Christopher Conte ...
Purple Mohawk
Cassandra Brown ...


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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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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Did You Know?


Lynne Reid Banks wrote her original novel as a bedtime story for her son, Omri. 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: [after Omri picks him up to stop him from shooting Little Bear] I'm tired of getting hauled around all the time! I might'a known you'd take the side of that stinkin' savage!
Little Bear: He smells, Omri, and he calls me a dirty savage.
Boone: Oh, I didn't call you dirty. I called you stinkin'!
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References RoboCop (1987) See more »

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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
12 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Underrated and highly involving movie for kids. A young boy finds out that his cupboard has magical powers and can turn plastic into reality. He first turns a plastic Indian into a real human being. The movie teaches about responsibility but in an understandable way. It isn't patronizing nor childish, which means older audiences should relate to it also. It also mediates on life and death at certain points, and was the first film in a long time to be genuinely emotionally shocking. The relationship between the Indian and the cowboy was very well developed as they started to bond over their tragedies. The film does have a number of loose edges. Rishi Bhat was particularly annoying at times, but in a way he was necessary to play off Scardino. Even Scardino wasn't always a lovable protagonist. In one scene he kicks his brother's pet rat down the stairs, in an event where the rat clearly would have died. As the film hadn't relied on cartoon logic up until that point it was a bit out of place. Great effects, and seeing Darth Vader vs. a T-Rex kind of made up for those moments. A more innocent time when children's movies didn't have to be loud and crass.

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