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Born to Be Wild (1995)

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

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

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 <cryan@direct.ca>

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What do you do when your best friend's a 400-pound gorilla? Anything she likes. See more »


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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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31 March 1995 (USA)  »

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$3,674,841 (USA)
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Goofs

The apple that Katie takes from the duffel bag is still green. But the one she picks up, and then hands to Rick, is mostly red. See more »

Quotes

[Rick hands Katie a can of soda. She starts to shake it]
Rick Heller: [annoyed; signing to Katie what he is saying] Whoa, whoa, whoa! What did I say about doin' that?
[Katie signs something back]
Rick Heller: Right. Not in the van. And where are you now?
[She responds with a sign]
Rick Heller: Right again. In the van. Look. Just wait a while before you open that thing, okay?
[Katie seems to understand]
Rick Heller: Look the way I see it, we're about a day away from Lacey's uncle's house.
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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #37.2 (2009) See more »

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One World for Us
Written by Gerard McMahon
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Fantastic!
2 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie is fantastic. Very moving film about the relationship between humans and animals that a lot of people can quite easily relate to. Katie (the gorilla) is an intelligent creature who creates a strong bond with a troubled teenager (Rick) that takes them on an adventure neither would ever forget. And as for Wizard-8 saying "the gorilla costume isn't very convincing", Katie was in fact played by a live gorilla. They may be strong, powerful creatures, but they are also very intelligent and are able to perform once trained. And Wizard-8 also said "I think only very young children might get some enjoyment from this - everyone else, stay away", and this is also false - I am 21 and still enjoy this film. It's a fantastic story well worth seeing!


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