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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Each year, three brothers, Samuel, Jeffrey and Michael Douglas visit their grandfather, Mori Tanaka, for the summer. Mori is highly skilled in ninjutsu, and for years he has trained the ... See full summary »
Max Elliott Slade
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
In the hallway of the school, Omri and Patrick are arguing because Patrick is trying to show Little Bear and Boone to some classmates. Patrick is against the wall as Omri yells at him. Note the goof when the young actor playing Patrick mouths much of Omri's dialogue in anticipation of his own lines. See more »
[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!
He smells, Omri, and he calls me a dirty savage.
Oh, I didn't call you dirty. I called you stinkin'!
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An excellent film exploring complex themes lightheartedly
This film was special. It's not to say it ranks high amongst the worlds films technically (which is not to say it fails in this regard it simply does not depend upon special effects), but the underlying theme is gentle and beautifully presented. The child actors' performances are solid. Especially the lead 'Omri', and his friend (whom I really liked and really disliked respectively - (hence his acting ability)). It's an innocent story with great imagination, and doesn't take itself too seriously. The relationship and growth that the main character develops with Little Bear (the Indian in the cupboard) is special. It eventually takes on a father/son dynamic after a role reversal or sorts from the Creator/created dynamic the boy has with Little Bear at first. I was touched by this relationship and by Omri's innocence. Frank Oz imagination is conveyed well through this work. I can easily imagine being in Omri's shoes and enjoy this film each time I watch it. Whether you watch this with kids or not, odds are you'll enjoy it.
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