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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Scardino ... Omri
Litefoot ... Little Bear
Lindsay Crouse ... Jane (Mom)
Richard Jenkins ... Victor (Dad)
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 ... 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 ...

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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 »

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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)

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

One of the toys that the boys bring to life is Darth Vader from the Star Wars series. Frank Oz, who directed this film, portrayed Yoda in the Star Wars franchise. See more »

Goofs

The rat changes color from brown to white. See more »

Quotes

Little Bear: Are we always a great people?
Omri: You are always a great people, but it's not always so good.
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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

Referenced in Are We There Yet?: The Rat in the House Episode (2010) See more »

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Lovely Movie
25 June 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

1995 was certainly a great year for fantasy films and The Indian In The Cupboard was one of the many great movies of that year.

A little boy puts a toy Indian in the cupboard and it comes to life. They gradually become good friends throughout the film and the young boy also puts some of his other toys into the cupboard as well.

The acting is great throughout and it's a nice little story as well. The great thing about films like this is that they are pure fantasy and they feature the type of things that most young kids dream about. What young child wouldn't like to bring some of their toys to life? It may never happen but it's great to be able to watch a movie where it does happen.

All in all, a lovely movie for the kids.


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