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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

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On his ninth birthday, a boy receives, among other gifts, a wooden cabinet and a tiny plastic model of a native American. He soon discovers that the cabinet is magical and can bring toys to life.

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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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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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

Director Frank Oz got permission from George Lucas to use the character, Darth Vader, in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the hallway of the school, Omri and Patrick are arguing because Patrick is trying to show Little Bear and Boone to some classmates. Patrick is against the wall as Omri yells at him. Note the goof when the young actor playing Patrick mouths much of Omri's dialogue in anticipation of his own lines. See more »

Quotes

Boone: [about whisky] Not one more drop as long as I live!
[sees Omri and Patrick]
Boone: Ohhhhhhh, my dear sweet lord!
[beat]
Boone: I need a drink.
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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 Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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Great Movie For Kids
30 January 2011 | by k-englishSee all my reviews

Forget reviews saying this is not as good as the book. No films are are a good as the book! Watch this movie with an 8 year old child and you will see how good the film is.

Thank you Frank Oz for a wonderful film. The acting from the young children is above average and the tearful ending just right for a young audience. Interesting to note Steve Coogan plays a miniature model come to life - something he repeats later in his career in A Night At The Museum. Typecasting?

The effects are also very good. Remember this is 1995 when CGI was in it's infancy - but the miniaturisation of the cast is flawless.


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