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The Indian in the Cupboard!

Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Frank Oz
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Jane Startz
- Executive Producer -
Robert Harris
Marty Keltz
Bernard Williams
Deborah Forte (uncredited)
- Associate Producer -
Arthur F. Repola
Michelle Wright
Written by Lynne Reid Banks (novel)
Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
Starring Hal Scardino
Litefoot
Lindsay Crouse
Richard Jenkins
Rishi Bhat
Steve Coogan
David Keith
Vincent Kartheiser
Nestor Serrano
Ryan Olson
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Russell Carpenter
Editing by Ian Crafford
Studio Kennedy/Marshall
Scholastic Productions
Distributed by USA/Canada Video
International Theatrical
Columbia Pictures
International Video
USA/Canada Theatrical
Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) July 14, 1995
Running time 96 min
Country USA
Language English
Budget $45,000,000 (estimate)
Gross revenue $35,656,131 (domestic)[1]

The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 film based on the children's book The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks.[2] The story is about a boy who receives a cupboard as a gift on his ninth birthday. He later discovers that putting toy figures in the cupboard, after locking and unlocking it, brings the toys to life.

It starred Hal Scardino as Omri, Litefoot as Little Bear, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins, Rishi Bhat as Omri's friend Patrick, Steve Coogan and David Keith, as Boone the Cowboy.[3] It was directed by famous Muppetteer Frank Oz. The movie was distributed by Columbia Pictures (US theater release and TV broadcast rights and US home video release) and Paramount Pictures (Non-US and UK theater release and Non-US video release).

Special effects created the illusion of three-inch tall characters such as Little Bear, Boone, and Tommy the Medic. One scene had Boone being thrown from his horse and Boone falls to the floor but is captured in Omri's hands. Another has a teacher asking Patrick to show what he and Omri were quarreling about; Boone and Little Bear pose as inanimate toys on Patrick's hand so as not to give themselves away.

A mock up of a giant sneaker was used during a fight scene involving Little Bear and Boone. One early scene shows Little Bear cautiously walking onto Omri's hand, and the boy marvels at how "real" the Indian looks. The Chief was played by 75-year-old Ojibway actor George Randall.

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MPAA Rating

The film is rated PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) for mild language and brief images of violence and a scene of provocative dancing (Mötley Crüe's "Girls, Girls, Girls") from a music video (while Omri is watching television with his friend).

Reception

The film currently secures a 65% rating of "Fresh" on the movie review scaling site Rotten Tomatoes.[4] Additionally, both Rishi Bhat and Hal Scardino received Young Artist Award nominations. However, the film made only $35 million on a $45 million budget.[5]

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From Wikiquote

The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 film based on the children's book The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks. The story is about a boy who receives a cupboard as a gift on his ninth birthday. He later discovers that putting toy figures in the cupboard, after locking and unlocking it, brings the toys to life.

Quotes

Boone: The boys back home call me boohoo Boone!

Boone: [about whisky] Not one more drop as long a I live!

[sees Omri and Patrick]

Boone: Ohhhhhhh, my dear sweet lord!

[beat]

Boone: I need a drink.

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.

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