• The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

The Indian in the Cupboard

Release Date: July 14th, 1995

DVD Release Date: July 3rd, 2001

PG |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

On his birthday, Omri (Hal Scardino) is given several simple gifts, including an old wooden cupboard and a small plastic figurine of a Native American man. When he locks the toy inside the cabinet it magically comes to life as a tiny, cagey warrior named Little Bear (Litefoot). The boy then places other toys in the cupboard and they too come to life, even engaging in entertaining battles. But after Little Bear is wounded, Omri begins to understand that his animate toys are not mere playthings.

Cast: Hal Scardino, Litefoot , Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins, Rishi Bhat, David Keith, Steve Coogan, Vincent Kartheiser

Director: Frank Oz , Robert Harris

Genres: Fantasy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Paramount Pictures, Columbia TriStar Home Video, Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Transformation, 1990s, School, Best friend, Family, Heartwarming, Growing up, Friendship, Amusing, Brother, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    These lessons in multiculturism and tolerance should fall easily on young viewers only expecting to be entertained. [14 July 1995, p.D]

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It is the kind of film that enables adults to get in touch with their inner child - but more important, gets children in touch with their inner adult. [14 July 1995, p.03]

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The movie teaches lessons without preaching, and focuses on the magic of relationships rather than that of special effects. This leads to a production as affecting for adults as for children. show more

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