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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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Lucy
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Adiel
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Baby Martin
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Baby Martin
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Purple Mohawk
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Emily
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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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Rated PG for mild language and brief video images of violence and sexy dancing | See all certifications »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,234,684 (UK) (19 January 1996)
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The music video that Omri and Patrick watch during their sleepover is "Girls Girls Girls", by Mötley Crüe. See more »

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When Omri and his mother are looking at the cupboard, Omri closes the door. In the next shot, the door is open. See more »

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Boone: You sure was right, Little Bear! God sure do play with men a lot!
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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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