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The Indian in the Cupboard 1995

On his ninth birthday a boy receives many presents. Two of them first seem to be less important: an old cupboard from his brother and a little Indian figure made of plastic from his best...

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I so love this movie,it took me back some. I wanted more though, Maybe i should buy the book sequel The Return Of The Indian. This movie is a 10/10 for me
Best in Show: Hal Scardino
One for the future: Hal Scardino
Stand-out scene: First transformation
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: Repeated
DVD commentary any good?: n/a

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If this movie had been made ten years on it would have been called Native American in the Cupboard, for the indignity of the name Indian had yet to be removed when this film was made. A kids' movie with a plea for tolerance at its warm heart, this was scripted by Melissa Mathison (Harrison Ford's ex who also scripted E.T.). A nine year old boy Omri (Scardino - who also appeared in Marvin's Room) is presented with an old wooden cupboard for his birthday (what 9 year-old wouldn't be over the moon) and raids his mother's key collection (those long winter evenings should fly by in that household!) for one that fits the lock. His schoolfriend Patrick presents him with a toy Native American brave and the young lad places the figure in the cupboard overnight. Next morning he opens the cupboard to find that the brave has come to life, plucked from the forest where he was overseeing his nephew's initiation into adulthood. Of course, the film is highly moralistic, urging youngsters to be tolerant of others, but it does this without over-egging the pudding and patronising the viewer. Steve Coogan has a small role as a British Tommy transported from the frontline (things get nasty when Omri brings a cowboy to life) and tears are inevitable before the movie's conclusion. In a genre that's too often filled with nonsense, this makes a pleasant change.
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995): 9/10

It is wondeful film. So well acted and with an engaging story. This is great film for the whole family. You'll love it. The lead actor, Hal Scardino, is such natural. He's completely believable. The Indian is also wonderfully brought to life. How they made the special effects work so well back in 1995. I wish we could see more warm hearted films like this today.
As a kid's film, this does it's job perfectly. It also marks the first big screen role for the magnificent Steve Coogan.
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a great classic .omri gets a strange small cabet ans a indian figurine for his birthday. over night when he opens the cabinet the figurine is alive. now the adventure begins buy it

The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

I remember reading the book in elementary school and I was a fan of this movie when it first came out but even when I was a kid, I hated the kid in this movie. I just thought he was a horrible actor and it's the primary reason I think this movie is pretty average in the end.
A superbly pleasant fantasy that kids will surely go with. I especially enjoyed Litefoot's performance as the Indian.
If you don't tear it apart piece by piece, it's a movie that you can lose yourself in it's wonder and imagination.