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On his ninth birthday a boy receives many presents. Two of them first seem to be less important: an...

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 5.7/10 (8,123 voted)

Director: Frank Oz

Stars: Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse

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 friend. But these two presents turn out to be much more magic than the rest...

Writers: Lynne Reid Banks, Melissa Mathison

Hal Scardino - Omri
Litefoot - Little Bear
Lindsay Crouse - Jane
Richard Jenkins - Victor
Rishi Bhat - Patrick
Steve Coogan - Tommy
David Keith - Boone
Sakina Jaffrey - Lucy
Vincent Kartheiser - Gillon
Nestor Serrano - Teacher
Ryan Olson - Adiel
Leon Tejwani - Baby Martin
Lucas Tejwani - Baby Martin
Christopher Conte - Purple Mohawk
Cassandra Brown - Emily

Taglines: Adventure comes to life

Release Date: 14 July 1995

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000(estimated)

Gross: $35,617,599 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Lynne Reid Banks wrote her original novel as a bedtime story for her son, Omri.

Continuity: When Omri is opening his birthday presents around the kitchen table, the rat-in-the-ball is on the table; two seconds later, it's gone, with nobody acting as having picked it up.

Boone: The boys back home call me boohoo Boone!"

User Review

A very moving, lovely tale of a young boy growing up

Rating: 10/10

I must first say I was shocked to see that the average rating given this film was below 6 (when I checked it in Jan of '05). While I gave it a 10, I fully expected at least a mid 7 from the IMDb audience. It is a wonderful film that I love to show to my children. What's not to like? It has a unique plot - that of an Indian coming to life in a young boy's cupboard, and wonderful acting and music. Through the boy's experiences with the Indian (wonderfully played by Litefoot) he comes to a new level of maturity. Hal Scardino's acting is natural and totally believable. If you are tired of the cut-out child actors that Hollywood gives us too often, then you'll love Hal. What a fabulously underplayed performance. The ending always makes me and my wife cry. There are so few really good films for children. I hate to suffer through other films I bought for the kids (like "Inspector Gadget" - a truly awful film) and I wish that there were more films like this one. This is a wonderful film and I heartily recommend it.