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Born to Be Wild (1995)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  31 March 1995 (USA)
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Rick Heller is a juvenile delinquent who keeps getting himself into trouble. To keep him out of trouble his mother puts him to work cleaning the cage of a gorilla named Katie which she is ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Heller
Jean Marie Barnwell ...
Lacey Carr
Margaret Heller
Uncle Max Carr
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Bob the Paramedic
Gus Charnley
Walter Mallinson
Sergeant Bo Markle
Det. Lou Greenberg (as Tom Wilson)
Dan Woodley
Judge Billings
John Procaccino ...
Ed Price
David Wingert ...
Gary James
Donald Carr


Rick Heller is a juvenile delinquent who keeps getting himself into trouble. To keep him out of trouble his mother puts him to work cleaning the cage of a gorilla named Katie which she is teaching to communicate through the use of sign language. When the owner of the gorilla takes her back to become a flea market freak Rick takes it upon himself to break Katie out and take her on an adventureous journey to get her out of the country. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <>

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The story of a 15 year old boy and one incredible gorilla on the road to freedom. See more »

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Katie  »

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$3,674,841 (USA)

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Extremely predictable
4 September 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

If a kid actually did the same things with a gorilla that the kid in this movie does, he'd quickly get his limbs ripped off - primates are EXTREMELY STRONG animals. In fact, seeing this kid get ripped apart would be more entertaining than anything that happens in this movie. Awesomely manipulative, cardboard characters, and VERY predictable - you'll be able to guess what happens before it actually comes onscreen. And the gorilla costume isn't very convincing. I think only very young children might get some enjoyment from this - everyone else, stay away!

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