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Malaika (1998)

An African elephant wanders into the lives of four wide-eyed children and all pandemonium breaks loose.

Director:

Marina Martins

Writers:

Karen Black (additional story), Stephen Eckelberry (additional story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Laughlin ... Nick Saunders
R.D. Call ... Jack Grant
Lee Purcell ... Molly DeMornay
Keli Daniels ... Hanna Richardson
Rod Biermann Rod Biermann
Karen Black ... Jessica Martin
Allan Rich ... Sal's Pizza Customer
Strouchan Kelly Strouchan Kelly ... Kelly Richardson
David Alexander David Alexander ... David Richardson
Matthew Arthur Matthew Arthur ... Matt Richardson
Daniel Luke Daniel Luke ... Daniel Richardson
Akili Akili ... Malaika
Bubbles Bubbles ... Malaika's Child
Richard Gabai ... Greg Lamada
Willie Gault ... Sgt. Harrison
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An African elephant wanders into the lives of four wide-eyed children and all pandemonium breaks loose.

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Genres:

Adventure | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some crude humor and language, and for mild violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tons of Trouble See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

I.Q. Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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Fun in Tons for Families!
13 June 2005 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Hanna (Keli Daniels) is a youngish widow with four children. The two girls and two boys find an elephant one day in their backyard! It has escaped from a man whose aim was to provide the creature as big game to a millionaire hunter. Now, she is safe, at least for the moment, as the family lives on a larger lot at the edge of civilization. Mother, of course, does not know of Malaika's (the kids name for her) existence. But, not for long! When a private zoo owner arrives, he (Greg) tells the family to keep her, as it is a good hiding place away from the bad guys until arrangements can be made for the elephant to return to Africa. Will the plan work? This is a very cute movie for families to enjoy together. The elephant is a darling and has a host of tricks up her sleeve, or nose, as it is. The kids are mischievous but, it's all harmless fun as would be suitors arrive from time to time to court Hanna. There is a romance, also, for those mothers and/or dads who will be watching the film with the kids. The California setting is cheery and the supporting actors quite capable. Find it at the video store or library and sit back and giggle!


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