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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 »

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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

The violent scenes of Indians being shot that Omri and Patrick found on TV are from the movie "Last of his Tribe." Boone called the Indians in the scene Apache, but he was incorrect; they were Yahi, a tribe considered extinct. See more »

Goofs

When Omri goes to pick up one of the figures from the cupboard, the closeup shows it on the top shelf. In the external shot he picks it up from the bottom of the cupboard. 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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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 »

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Agreeable family film filled with imagination and in which adventure comes to life
13 September 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

On his ninth birthday a young boy (Hal Scardino) named Omri (it means "The Lord is my life" and was the name of a Hebrew king whose story is told in I Kings 16) receives various presents from his parents (Richard Jenkins , Lindsay Crouse) and brothers . Two of them first seem to be less important : an old cupboard -a wooden medicine cabinet - from his brother and a little Indian figure made of plastic . Then there happens the biggest adventure of his childhood , the magical cupboard brings his toy action figures to life and Omri watches him become flesh and blood ; there also appear a soldier (Steve Coogan) from WWII . Three-inch plastic Indian named Little Bear (Lifefoot) undertaking several adventures and teaching him important lessons . Thing go worse , however , when the boy's best friend brings a toy gunfighter (David Keith) to life and pursuit starts . Events turn nasty and might be frightened for young children , by some scenes involving a rather vicious mouse .

Enjoyable and well-intentioned film plenty of good feeling , marvelous adventure , fantasy and sense of wonder . This is a nice movie with heart that amuses and has something to tell . The picture is pretty good but suffers of claustrophobic scenario , as it is mostly set in room , exception some brief scenes in courtyard . Intelligent as well as sensitive screenplay by Melissa Matheson , Harrison Ford's real-life first wife , based on the best-selling children's book by Lynne Reid Banks who wrote her original novel as a bedtime story for her son , Omri . Cool special effects , as blue screen techniques allow them to appear together-on-screen although they were really filmed together only once . Emotive as well as evocative musical score by Randy Edelman . Colorful and adequate cinematography by Russell Carpenter .

The motion picture well produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall was professionally directed by Frank Oz , though he stated he was reluctant to direct this movie, as he doesn't think he's a children's director. Frank began forming team with the great Jim Henson filming known titles such as ¨The Dark Crystal¨ and ¨Muppets take Manhattan¨. Frank subsequently directed a lot of comedies as ¨Little shop of horrors¨, ¨Dirty rotten scoundrels¨, ¨What about Bob?¨, ¨House sitter¨, ¨In and out¨, ¨Bowfinger¨and a thriller titled ¨The score¨. And this ¨Indian in cupboard¨, it results to be one of his most sensitive films . Rating : 6'5/10 . Better than average . Well worth watching .


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