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Born to Be Wild (1995)

Rick Heller is a juvenile delinquent who keeps getting himself into trouble. To keep him out of trouble his mother puts him to work cleaning the cage of a gorilla named Katie which she is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wil Horneff ... Rick Heller
Jean Marie Barnwell Jean Marie Barnwell ... Lacey Carr
Helen Shaver ... Margaret Heller
John C. McGinley ... Uncle Max Carr
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Bob the Paramedic
Peter Boyle ... Gus Charnley
Gregory Itzin ... Walter Mallinson
Titus Welliver ... Sergeant Bo Markle
Thomas F. Wilson ... Det. Lou Greenberg (as Tom Wilson)
Alan Ruck ... Atty. Dan Woodley
Janet Carroll ... Judge Billings
John Procaccino ... Ed Price
Obba Babatundé ... Interpreter
David Wingert David Wingert ... Gary James
John Pleshette ... Donald Carr


Rick Heller is a juvenile delinquent who keeps getting himself into trouble. To keep him out of trouble his mother puts him to work cleaning the cage of a gorilla named Katie which she is teaching to communicate through the use of sign language. When the owner of the gorilla takes her back to become a flea market freak Rick takes it upon himself to break Katie out and take her on an adventureous journey to get her out of the country. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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The story of a 15 year old boy and one incredible gorilla on the road to freedom. See more »

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


At approximately 31:25, Thomas F. Wilson's character (Detective Lou Greenberg) and his partner approach Gus Charnley (Peter Boyle). After realizing the attitude of Gus, Detective Greenberg looks to his partner and says the word "butthead", then looks back at Charnley. Thomas F. Wilson is popularly known for playing Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future series. Biff Tannen uses the word butthead approximately 9 times collectively in Back to the Future. See more »


Rick Heller and Katie stop by a burger restaurant in one scene. Gorillas don't eat meat especially hamburgers because gorillas are herbivores and strictly vegetarian. See more »


Margaret Heller: [has just picked up her son at the police station] Next time I'm not gonna pick you up. How about I let them keep you there for a few days. I'd get some peace!
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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #37.2 (2009) See more »


Born To Be Wild
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