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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

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Omri, a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, receives an odd variety of presents for his birthday: a wooden cabinet from his older brother, a set of antique keys from his mother and a tiny plastic model of an Indian from his best friend Patrick.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writers:

Lynne Reid Banks (novel), Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Scardino ... Omri
Litefoot ... Little Bear
Lindsay Crouse ... Jane
Richard Jenkins ... Victor
Rishi Bhat ... Patrick
Steve Coogan ... Tommy
David Keith ... Boone
Sakina Jaffrey ... Lucy
Vincent Kartheiser ... Gillon
Nestor Serrano ... Teacher
Ryan Olson Ryan Olson ... Adiel
Leon Tejwani Leon Tejwani ... Baby Martin
Lucas Tejwani Lucas Tejwani ... Baby Martin
Christopher Conte Christopher Conte ... Purple Mohawk
Cassandra Brown ... Emily
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Omri (Hal Scardino), a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, receives an odd variety of presents for his birthday: a wooden cabinet from his older brother, a set of antique keys from his mother Jane (Linsday Crouse), and a tiny plastic model of an Indian from his best friend Patrick (Rishi Bhat). Putting them all together, Omri locks the Indian inside the cabinet, only to be awoken by a strange sound in the middle of the night. Omri opens the cabinet to discover that the tiny Indian has come to life; it seems that he's called Little Bear (Litefoot), and he claims to have learned English from settlers in 1761. Omri hides this remarkable discovery from his mother but shares it with Patrick; as an experiment, Patrick locks a toy cowboy into the cupboard, and soon Little Bear has a companion, Boone (David Keith), though predictably, the cowboy and the Indian don't get along well at first. Omri comes to the realizations that his living and breathing playthings are also people with lives of ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Adventure comes to life

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief video images of violence and sexy dancing | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This movie has a scene with the World Trade Centers as backdrops. When Omri is given some money from his father, he takes off for the hardware store. In the back you can see a beautiful shot of the towers. See more »

Goofs

When Omri and his mother are looking at the cupboard, Omri closes the door. In the next shot, the door is open. See more »

Quotes

Boone: [after Omri picks him up to stop him from shooting Little Bear] I'm tired of getting hauled around all the time! I might'a known you'd take the side of that stinkin' savage!
Little Bear: He smells, Omri, and he calls me a dirty savage.
Boone: Oh, I didn't call you dirty. I called you stinkin'!
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Alternate Versions

The American theatrical and international video releases show the Paramount logo, but the international theatrical and American video releases show the Columbia logo. See more »

Connections

References Skeleton Warriors (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Fish Dance Song
Written by Tracy Shenandoah
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A very moving, lovely tale of a young boy growing up
7 January 2005 | by mbritt1216See all my reviews

I must first say I was shocked to see that the average rating given this film was below 6 (when I checked it in Jan of '05). While I gave it a 10, I fully expected at least a mid 7 from the IMDb audience. It is a wonderful film that I love to show to my children. What's not to like? It has a unique plot - that of an Indian coming to life in a young boy's cupboard, and wonderful acting and music. Through the boy's experiences with the Indian (wonderfully played by Litefoot) he comes to a new level of maturity. Hal Scardino's acting is natural and totally believable. If you are tired of the cut-out child actors that Hollywood gives us too often, then you'll love Hal. What a fabulously underplayed performance. The ending always makes me and my wife cry. There are so few really good films for children. I hate to suffer through other films I bought for the kids (like "Inspector Gadget" - a truly awful film) and I wish that there were more films like this one. This is a wonderful film and I heartily recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Indian in the Cupboard See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,716,278, 16 July 1995

Gross USA:

$35,656,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,656,131
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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