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The Indian in the Cupboard (Bilingual)

Hal Scardino , Litefoot , Frank Oz    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Young Hal Scardino stars as a sensitive boy who discovers a way to bring plastic toys to life in a locked cupboard. One of those toys, a 19th-century Iroquois warrior (played by actor Litefoot), was actually a real warrior now only several inches tall. A bond eventually develops between boy and warrior, and a six-shooting toy cowboy (David Keith). As with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Indian in the Cupboard (which was written by E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison) is about a magical visitor connecting with a lonely child. But director Frank Oz (In & Out) has made the film far too stiff and dramatically flat to get across the enchantment necessary to make the fantasy work. Watching this is like listening to someone who can't tell a good story to save his life, yet who is trying to captivate your attention and heart. --Tom Keogh

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Very Beievable Acting Job Aug. 16 2002
Format:DVD
In this movie, they show the character's feet at seemingly random times. Play upbeat music when it isn't needed, and some of the parts don't make any sense. When Omry (guy on the front) is asked (by his mom) how he felt, he said, "I fell pretty (BEEP!) good!" and the mom just stood there, smiling. (I'd like to see some REAL kid pull that one without getting busted)
Omry gets a cupboard, that when something is placed in it, locked in, then taken out; is alive. when he first meets the Indian (very scared at the time) and tells him his name is Omry, the Indian suddenly calms down, as if his name was soothing (????). And Patrick, Omry's friend, is probably the worst acting job of the movie.
A not-so-good acting job and lame plot don't make this movie worth your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book, horrible movie Feb. 5 2004
Format:DVD
I remember rushing out to watch this movie when it first appeared in theaters, since I was an enormous fan of the Lyn Reed Banks books. Alass, this movie took what could have been a wonderful adaptation, and turned it into a dumbed-down pile of insipid script and mostly forced acting. When I first saw it, I loved everything about it and immediately fell in love with the boy playing Omri, but now, I realize that his acting is horrible, but it's not his fault. The script is below mediocre; it's pitifully babyish. Lyn Reed Banks's stories had a charm of old-fashioned nostalgia to them, not so with this film. It has been completely modernized, including a few curse words, a relocation to the US, and a total emphasis on stereotyping the characters and making as many comical gags at their expense as possible. I will admit that there are several very touching moments, and even a little educational value to this, since Litefoot plays his character perfectly, and Frank Oz did feel inclined to at least include a song and a few sundry bits of the Iroquois language here. But overall, I would recommend the books over this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. July 3 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
When you first see Omri, a kid who's short, has messy hair and not the greatest teeth in the world, you don't think anything interesting can happen to him. But something does. His best friend, Patrick, gives him a toy Indian for his birthday. At his party, his brother gives him an old cupboard that he found in the crawlspace of their house. Omri's mother tells Omri that if he can find a key out of her collection, he can have it. He does. It was a key that his great-grandmother gave to his mother.
When Omri carelessly puts the toy Indian into the cupboard and locks it, the toy comes to life.
At first, the Indian (Little Bear) is scared, but eventually learns to trust Omri. Omri gives Little Bear whatever he desires, tools, food, and a hatchett from a knight! However, when he was getting a bow and arrow from an old Indian, the Indian is scared to death--literally! Omri realizes that these "Toys" have real lives and that they aren't something to fool around with. When Patrick discovers Omri's secret, he brings back a Cowboy named Boone. Little Bear and Boone eventually become friends. Omri takes Boone and Little Bear to school (Patrick wanted him to) and Omri displays that he has learned that the "toys" were people by saying "You can't! They're people! You can't use people!" When Patrick was going to show them to friends. Omri's brother takes Omri's cupbaord as a cruel joke and the key gets lost! What's worse, Boone is seriously wounded, and without medical attention, he will die! Omri realizes that Little Bear and Boone's safety and hapiness meant more to him than the novelty of having them. So Omri declares that when the key was found, they were sending Boone and Little Bear home.
The key is eventually found, and Omri is forced to let Little Bear and Boone go. Little Bear and Omri share one last moment, and then he sends them back.
This was a very good movie, at least fo me, and it's a good movie for kids to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great family fantasy! Jan. 29 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My own children loved this movie, and I now bought it as a gift for my 5 year old nephew. He has watched it repeatedly. It is good, clean entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indian in the Cupboard Nov. 27 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It was bought for my grandson, but I watched it because I wanted to make a "cupboard for him" I did & he is thrilled!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies in the 90's Dec 1 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The Indian in the Cupboard stars Hal Scardino and Litefoot. It is about a boy who turns 9 years old and gets a magical cupboard as a birthday present. And the cupboard brings to life toys. As the movie opens, Omri (Hal Scardino) got a cupboard as a birthday present. But there is no key. So his mom (Linsay Crouse) promises Ormi if he finds a key that works the cupboard she will give it to him. And the key that works is a key that his mom got for her dying grandma (when her grandma had nothing to leave her). Ormi puts in a liitle indian he also got for his birthday for his best freind Patrick (Rishi Bhat).
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie Sept. 22 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I was about 9 or 10 when this movie came out. I love everything about it. After I saw it I wanted a cupboard just like the one in the movie with a key and everything. I remember spending hours in the kicthen putting little figurines in the cupboards and seeing if they came alive or not. This is the best movie. I just wish it came in french.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lessons to Learn Oct. 16 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
When Omri makes his toy Indian and his friend's toy cowboy into real miniature people, the Indian and Cowboy learn to overcome their prejudices and become friends. Omri also learns that relationships require responsibility and that we should not use others for our own pleasure. The movie contains a beautiful scene of the sun setting between New York's Twin Towers (WTC) that brought my wife to tears. The DVD version contains both widescreen and full screen versions. The full screen seemed to run better on my player. It's not the best family movie around, but it's not bad either.
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