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Little Buddha (1993)

PG | | Drama | 25 May 1994 (USA)
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Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Siddhartha
Ruocheng Ying ... Lama Norbu (as Ying Ruocheng)
... Dean Conrad
Alex Wiesendanger ... Jesse Conrad
Raju Lal ... Raju
Greishma Makar Singh ... Gita
Sogyal Rinpoche ... Kenpo Tenzin
Ven. Khyongla Rato Rinpoche ... Abbot
... Lisa Conrad
Ven. Geshe Tsultim Gyelsen ... Lama Dorje
... Maria
Jigme Kunsang ... Champa
Thubtem Jampa ... Punzo
... Sonali (as Surehka Sikri)
T.K. Lama ... Sangay
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Storyline

Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class Indian girl. Together, they journey to Bhutan where the three children must undergo a test to prove which is the true reincarnation. Interspersed with this, is the story of Siddharta, later known as the Buddha. It traces his spiritual journey from ignorance to true enlightenment. Written by Samantha Santa Maria <TE7441667@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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A magical journey to a place where the past and the present meet.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lille Buddha  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$873,983, 27 May 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,858,139
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando was approached about playing Siddartha. See more »

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When Raju is playing with the Game Boy you can hear music from Tetris, but it's actually not turned on at all. See more »

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[first lines]
Lama Norbu: Once upon a time, in a village in ancient India, there was a little goat and a priest. The priest wanted to sacrifice the goat to the gods. He raised him arm to cut the goat's throat, when suddenly the goat began to laugh. The priest stopped, amazed, and asked the goat, "why do you laugh? Don't you know I'm about to cut your throat?" "Oh yes," said the goat. "After 499 times dying and being reborn as a goat, I will be reborn as a human being." Then the little goat began to cry. The...
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, there is a shot of a hand wiping away the sand of the mandala. (Mandalas are brushed away at some point after completion to symbolize Impermanence, one of the tenets of Buddhism). See more »

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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

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Great Cinematography, Two Different Films
4 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking and alone worth the price of admission. On the other hand, trying to integrate the past with the present didn't work too well for me. The story of Siddharta needed to be expanded on and made a film on its own merits. I for one, wanted to learn more about this figure, and yes, I thought Keanu Reeves was just fine. The present day story didn't do anything for me except for the wonderful character Lama Norbu, he was fabulous. I felt this was a person I actually would like to meet.


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