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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

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A nine year old Omri is journey to someone has opened the cupboard, this time is Native American Man and A cagey warrior name Little Bear, but that will be enough?

Director:

Frank Oz

Writers:

Lynne Reid Banks (novel), Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Scardino ... Omri
Litefoot ... Little Bear
Lindsay Crouse ... Jane (Mom)
Richard Jenkins ... Victor (Dad)
Rishi Bhat Rishi Bhat ... Patrick
Steve Coogan ... Tommy
David Keith ... Boone
Sakina Jaffrey ... Lucy
Vincent Kartheiser ... Gillon (brother)
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 Cassandra Brown ... Emily
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Storyline

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 ...

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La llave mágica See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,617,599
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Dolby | Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)| DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lynne Reid Banks wrote her original novel as a bedtime story for her son, Omri. See more »

Goofs

When Omri is opening his birthday presents around the kitchen table, the rat-in-the-ball is on the table; two seconds later, it's gone, with nobody acting as having picked it up. See more »

Quotes

Boone: Where may I ask, is my coffee? I always start my day with a cup of coffee.
Omri: Okay, if you're good, I'll make you breakfast.
Little Bear: Cook? Like a woman! You are a woman!
Omri: Oh please, you guys are so old fashioned.
Boone: I'll have you know I'm a civilized man.
[looks at Little Bear]
Boone: Unlike some!
Little Bear: Where do you come from?
Boone: I come from Texas, Mr. Half-a-brain!
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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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A warm, excellent family film
10 May 2004 | by mbritt1216See all my reviews

Why this movie doesn't have an average of around 9 eludes me. It is a wondeful film. So well acted and with a very engaging story. This is a great film for the whole family. You'll love it. The lead actor - Hal Scardino - is such a natural. He's completely believable, as is his friend. The Indian is also wonderfully brought to life. How they made the special effects work so well back in 1995 (well... that was a while back for film special effects anyway...) I don't know. I wish we could see more warm hearted films like this today.


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