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Malaika -- An African elephant wanders into the lives of four wide-eyed children and all pandemonium breaks loose.
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Release Date:
6 October 1999 (USA) See more »
An African elephant wanders into the lives of four wide-eyed children and all pandemonium breaks loose. | Add synopsis »
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Karen Black: 1939-2013
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  (in credits order)

John Laughlin ... Nick Saunders

R.D. Call ... Jack Grant

Lee Purcell ... Molly DeMornay

Keli Daniels ... Hanna Richardson
Rod Biermann

Karen Black ... Jessica Martin

Allan Rich ... Sal's Pizza Customer
Strouchan Kelly ... Kelly Richardson
David Alexander ... David Richardson
Matthew Arthur ... Matt Richardson
Daniel Luke ... Daniel Richardson
Akili ... Malaika
Bubbles ... Malaika's Child

Richard Gabai ... Greg Lamada

Willie Gault ... Sgt. Harrison

Don Moss ... Graham
Rod Bierman ... John

Bob Sherer ... Jim Beanie
Phil Phillips ... Louie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bonita Friedericy ... Thelma
Anita Gregory ... Rebecca Creighton
Todd Joseph ... Deputy
Dylan Purcell ... Molly's son

Directed by
Marina Martins 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karen Black  additional story
Stephen Eckelberry  additional story
Steve Horwich  additional story and dialogue
Marina Martins  writer
Roger Mende  additional story

Produced by
Stephen Eckelberry .... executive producer
Marina Martins .... producer
Roger Mende .... producer
Marty R. Meteor .... co-producer
Bernard Myloinas .... co-producer
Lee Purcell .... co-producer
John Rodsett .... producer
Paul Schneider .... associate producer
Michael Valenzuela .... associate producer
Anthony Wyant .... co-producer
Original Music by
Eban Schletter 
Cinematography by
James M. LeGoy  (as James LeGoy)
Film Editing by
Stephen Eckelberry 
Jeff Schiro 
Annamaria Szanto  (as Annamária Szantó Komlóssy)
Costume Design by
Natasha Hodge 
Anna Mkhitarian 
Makeup Department
Nina Minster .... makeup artist
Francie Paull .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Martin .... second second assistant director
Roger Mende .... second unit director
Sound Department
Paul Hackner .... sound mixer
Eric Jaffe .... sound effects editor
Sean Keegan .... foley mixer
John Kohlbrenner .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Bloom .... grip
Alexandra Lucka .... assistant camera
Stuart C. Naifeh .... first assistant camera
Jarrod Oswald .... additional first assistant camera
Glynn Albert Trolz .... camera loader
Jeff Yana .... director of photography: second unit
Jeff Yana .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Chris Johnson .... assistant editor
Other crew
Maxine Brooks .... studio teacher
Robert M. Johnson .... animal trainer
Kathleen Lohr .... first stage manager
Arnie Rabano .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Tons of Trouble" - USA (video title)
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Rated PG for some crude humor and language, and for mild violence
Brazil:93 min


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Fun in Tons for Families!, 13 June 2005
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Hanna (Keli Daniels) is a youngish widow with four children. The two girls and two boys find an elephant one day in their backyard! It has escaped from a man whose aim was to provide the creature as big game to a millionaire hunter. Now, she is safe, at least for the moment, as the family lives on a larger lot at the edge of civilization. Mother, of course, does not know of Malaika's (the kids name for her) existence. But, not for long! When a private zoo owner arrives, he (Greg) tells the family to keep her, as it is a good hiding place away from the bad guys until arrangements can be made for the elephant to return to Africa. Will the plan work? This is a very cute movie for families to enjoy together. The elephant is a darling and has a host of tricks up her sleeve, or nose, as it is. The kids are mischievous but, it's all harmless fun as would be suitors arrive from time to time to court Hanna. There is a romance, also, for those mothers and/or dads who will be watching the film with the kids. The California setting is cheery and the supporting actors quite capable. Find it at the video store or library and sit back and giggle!

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