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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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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 »





Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Katie  »

Box Office


$3,674,841 (USA)

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Rick Heller and Katie stopped by a Burger Resturant, Gorillas don't eat meat especially Hamburgers because Gorillas are herbivores and strictly vegetarian. See more »


Rick Heller: [annoyed] I can't believe I'm wrestling a gorilla for my dinner!
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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #37.2 (2009) See more »


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the end made me cry
25 June 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. It's really good in showing the bond very powerful bond between animals and humans. Rick is 14 turning 15 in this movie and he knows that this very intelligent gorilla(Katie) should be free and not miss treated in a cage. There are a lot of depth and meaning to this movie and it's not just about saving the gorillas. The best part of the movie is definitely after Katie falls in the water and that Rick's talks about his dad and how he left. I love the continuum to this because at the end of the movie when Rick lets Katie in Hawaii she asks him if he's a father now because he won't come back. This is a great movie that everyone can enjoy young and old.(I'm 14 and the end made me cry)

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