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The Jungle Book (1994)

Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wolves, and how he becomes king of the jungle.

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Stephen Sommers

Writers:

Rudyard Kipling (characters from novel "The Jungle Book"), Ron Yanover (story) (as Ronald Yanover) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Scott Lee ... Mowgli
Cary Elwes ... Boone
Lena Headey ... Kitty
Sam Neill ... Brydon
John Cleese ... Dr. Plumford
Jason Flemyng ... Wilkins
Stefan Kalipha Stefan Kalipha ... Buldeo
Ron Donachie ... Harley
Anirudh Agarwal ... Tabaqui (as Anirudh Agrawal)
Faran Tahir ... Nathoo
Sean Naegeli ... Mowgli, age 5
Joanna Wolff Joanna Wolff ... Kitty, age 5
Liza Walker Liza Walker ... Alice
Rachel Robertson Rachel Robertson ... Rose
Natalie Morse Natalie Morse ... Margaret
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An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli the jungle boy who is raised by wolves after being lost when a tiger attacked an encampment and killed his father. Years later he finds himself re-united with his childhood love Kitty and back in the "civilization" of Colonial India which he finds far less civilized then his jungle haunts. The search for a lost treasure shows who the truly civilized members of society are. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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From one of the greatest novels ever written comes a thrilling new motion picture classic. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action/violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,342,956
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film required the use of over 200 trained animals, including 50 Tigers. See more »

Goofs

During his struggle with Mowgli on the clifftops, Tabaqui's knife appears sheathed in his belt during one frame but disappears in the next frame and doesn't appear for the rest of the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colonel Brydon: [narrating] Life is a spinning wheel, it has been said. With each spoke, a tale to be told. So keep silence along the banks, and I will tell you one of these tales; a story as enchanting as the jungle itself. It is about pride, and power, and treasure... and about fangs, and claws, and talons... but mostly, it is about love. My new command was at the edge of the world, surrounded by a million miles of jungle. With me was my daughter Katherine, whom everyone called Kitty. Leading us ...
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Emperor Waltz
Composed by Johann Strauss
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Fine performances and direction in the spirit of Kipling.
19 July 1999 | by Abby-9See all my reviews

The switch here, and Jason Scott Lee does it with skill and heart of genius, is that Mowgli talks to the animals in their languages. We do not hear the animal speaking English. But from the moment Bagheera offers his tail to the tiny Mowgli and Mowgli grasps that tail, we are in intimate communication with the animals. Mowgli, his pet wolfcub and the rescued bearcub Balu follow the panther through the jungle and I went with them. Every actor modulates his or her performance to make the story happen, to balance the telling. Kitty, Mowgli's childhood friend, does not let one drop of saccharine spoil her natural young woman. Cary Elwes as a villain is frighteningly archetypal (just as he is a beautiful hero in other films). . . But the animal actors are what compel me to fork over dollars for my own copy of the video. Since they are surrounded by masterful cinema storytelling and heartfelt human performances, their work carries the main theme of this film. We know now how fragile the jungle and its inhabitants are as man approaches with guns and bulldozers. The delicate balance of man and animal, the diplomacy of Mowgli at times, the essence of courage and loyalty -- all this is portrayed. If you know the original Jungle Book and the moral spirit of its author, you recognize that the character of the jungle inhabitants is respected. In this film, while we are given an adventure extrapolated from the original literary situation, the Law of the Jungle is kept. For sophisticated Kipling see the Michael Caine/Sean Connery film "The Man Who Would Be King".


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