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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 (21 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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4.0 out of 5 stars One little key July 12 2001
Format:DVD
Frank Oz is a man of amazing conquests, not only is he the voice and puppeteer for many of the most loved puppets of all time, for example Yoda and Miss Piggy, he is also a heck of a creative director. THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD is based on the popular series of the same name and is a beautiful movie. The script was adapted by Melissa Matheson, the former Mrs Harison Ford and writer of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Her touch is seen in both films, and one of the elements that strengthened E.T., weakens this film with its absence. The young boy in ET befriends an alien that is stranded here on earth. There relationship is important because Elliot is from a broken home and almost a loner. Omri, our hero in THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD comes from a loving, normal family so his relationship with the Indian does not carry the same importance with the viewer. Still, Director Oz fills the film with subtle intelligence, a great musical score by Randy Edelman, and some wonderful special effects. His use of focus is brilliant, making you believe in the little Indian. Still, the film is harmless family entertainment, in fact, with its lack of offensive material and the subtle intelligence and morals presented, I'd almost push it up to a 5 star film... The Widescreen DVD is not the most beautiful transfer I have ever seen, there are some minor color distortions, especially around the effects shots...
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Format:VHS Tape
"The Indian in the Cupboard" is an excellent movie for tween-aged children (i.e., children between their pre-school and teen years). In this movie a boy discovers that he can bring small action figures to life by using a small, old, wooden cupboard. The first figure he brings to life is a Native American. As the story progresses, the boy learns important lessons about life from his new friend, "Little Bear."
The story is exciting without being frightening, educational without being stuffy, and fun without being extreme. "The Indian in the Cupboard" presents an excellent entertainment offering for pre-teens who often see too much programming centered on overstimulation of sight, sound, and action (e.g., Pokemon...).
I also like the fact that the boy in the story doesn't look like he stepped right out of an advertising agency, or off of the cover of a magazine. He is a regular guy...his hair is a little messy, his teeth haven't gone through an orthodontic program, and he wears normal clothes.
All in all, this is top-notch entertainment for the whole family. It's one of my children's favorites (girl, 10 yrs; boy 8 yrs; boy 6 yrs).
A definite keeper for your family's collection!
Happy viewing...and watch out for the rat!
Alan Holyoak
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Un film qui a marqué mom enfance. Toujours aussi bon!
Published 1 month ago by Annic Kingsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family fantasy!
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.
Published 8 months ago by L. Dansereau
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian in the Cupboard
It was bought for my grandson, but I watched it because I wanted to make a "cupboard for him" I did & he is thrilled!
Published 11 months ago by Anthony E Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Misconceptions of First Nations Peoples
The white family portrayed in this movie is not a normal disfunctional family. The three brothers seldomly argue, the parents are in constant state of bliss with each other living... Read more
Published on Dec 18 2003 by Edward Studdermeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies in the 90's
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2002 by Stephen Verhaeren
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Lessons to Learn
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation
"The Indian In The Cupboard" is a delightful, moving adaptation of Lynne Reid Banks's 1980 award-winning novel. I won't reveal the plot, to avoid giving away the ending. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for younger children(agea 4-8)
My six year old son opened this movie up after reading the book, and was fairly disappointed because it moved rather slowly. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2001 by Dana J. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars The kind of movie I like my kids to watch
This movie has a lot to offer. The most obvious is that it's a fun story. It has a simple premise, but one which is intelligently explored and expanded on as the movie goes... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2001 by Sir Bowen
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