The Jungle Book

December 25th, 1994


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An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli the jungle boy who is raised by wolves after being lost when a tiger attacked an encampment and killed his father...

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 5.8/10 (7,083 voted)

Director: Stephen Sommers

Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli the jungle boy who is raised by wolves after being lost when a tiger attacked an encampment and killed his father. Years later he finds himself re-united with his childhood love Kitty and back in the "civilization" of Colonial India which he finds far less civilized then his jungle haunts. The search for a lost treasure shows who the truly civilized members of society are.

Writers: Rudyard Kipling, Ron Yanover

Jason Scott Lee - Mowgli
Cary Elwes - Captain William Boone
Lena Headey - Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon
Sam Neill - Colonel Geofferey Brydon
John Cleese - Dr. Julien Plumford
Jason Flemyng - Lt. John Wilkins
Stefan Kalipha - Buldeo
Ron Donachie - Sgt. Harley
Anirudh Agarwal - Tabaqui (as Anirudh Agrawal)
Faran Tahir - Nathoo
Sean Naegeli - Mowgli, age 5
Joanna Wolff - Kitty Brydon, age 5
Liza Walker - Alice
Rachel Robertson - Rose
Natalie Morse - Margaret

Taglines: Born of men. Raised by animals. Destined for adventure.

Release Date: 25 December 1994

Filming Locations: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $27,000,000(estimated)

Gross: $44,342,956 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Blue screen was used for all of the moments where an actor is face to face with a big cat

Continuity: During the scene where Mowgli first enters the room of the stuffed animal heads William walks in with the elephant knife behind his back and the scene switches to him sitting down with his hands picking at his pants, the knife is gone, he never set it down or dropped it.

[first lines]
Colonel Brydon: Life is a spinning wheel, it has been said. With each spoke, a tale to be told. So keep silence along the banks, and I will tell you one of these tales; a story as enchanting as the jungle itself. It is about pride, and power, and treasure... and about fangs, and claws, and talons... but mostly, it is about love...

User Review

Such a great movie, very under rated

Rating: 10/10

One of my favorite childhood memories of all time, the live action Jungle Book, in 1967 we had a classic animated movie of the same title, it's a great movie, has fun music and terrific characters. When my family bought the movie The Jungle Book, I don't think they realized the surprise that we got when we just enjoyed watching this film. It's strange because this is made a little more for the grown up crowd vs. the children, but still I absolutely loved The Jungle Book and every time I see it, I admire it a little more for different reasons. The story, the setting, the actors, I don't know what it was about this film that I just love so much, but it holds a special place in my heart.

In the Victorian period, Mowgli is the five-year-old son of a wilderness guide who accompanies his father on a hunting trip in the jungles of their native India. Mowgli becomes close friends with a British girl named Kitty Brydon, whose father, Colonel Geoffrey Brydon, commissioned the hunt. When Shere Khan attacks the camp and kills Mowgli's father, the boy and the wolf are lost in the confusion and are left to fend for themselves. Bagheera finds them and leads Mowgli to the wolf pack. Mowgli is befriended by the animals of the jungle including Baloo the bear cub, and they develop an unspoken bond as the growing boy learns to survive. While in the wild, the Bander-Log steal the bracelet Kitty gave him. Years later, after growing to adulthood, Mowgli once again encounters Kitty, who still lives in India with her father and her arrogant and deceitful suitor, Captain William Boone. Kitty and Mowgli recognize each other, and while his powers of speech are rusty, Kitty reintroduces Mowgli to civilization with the help of Dr. Julius Plumford and Mowgli introduces Kitty to his friends in the jungle. However, after spending most of his life in the jungle, Mowgli does not feel at home among the rude and snobbish aristocrats who are friends with Kitty's family. He falls in love with Kitty, but wants to go back to the jungle and to be with his real family.

The Jungle Book is an incredibly good movie that I highly recommend. It has great laughs, like watching Mowgli learning how to becoming "civilized" in society with the help of Dr. Plumford and seeing how Plumford is also trying to learn from Mowgli how to be in touch with nature. I loved to love story between Mowgli and Kitty, it was so lovely and their kiss was one of those sappy moments that got a big "Awww!!!" from me. Then there's one of the saddest movie moments ever, when Baloo gets shot and Mowgli finds him and just lies with him crying, then Dr. Plumford reveals Baloo at the end of the movie and I cry in joy, they had me on so many rollar coaster rides of emotions. But seriously if you haven't seen this movie, I would recommend it very much, it's a very special film and deserves more recognition.