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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

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Omri, a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, receives an odd variety of presents for his birthday: a wooden cabinet from his older brother, a set of antique keys from his mother and a tiny plastic model of an Indian from his best friend Patrick.


Frank Oz


Lynne Reid Banks (novel), Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
4,688 ( 286)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ryan Olson ... Adiel
Leon Tejwani Leon Tejwani ... Baby Martin
Lucas Tejwani Lucas Tejwani ... Baby Martin
Christopher Conte Christopher Conte ... Purple Mohawk
Cassandra Brown ... Emily


Omri (Hal Scardino), a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, receives an odd variety of presents for his birthday: a wooden cabinet from his older brother, a set of antique keys from his mother Jane (Linsday Crouse), and a tiny plastic model of an Indian from his best friend Patrick (Rishi Bhat). Putting them all together, Omri locks the Indian inside the cabinet, only to be awoken by a strange sound in the middle of the night. Omri opens the cabinet to discover that the tiny Indian has come to life; it seems that he's called Little Bear (Litefoot), and he claims to have learned English from settlers in 1761. Omri hides this remarkable discovery from his mother but shares it with Patrick; as an experiment, Patrick locks a toy cowboy into the cupboard, and soon Little Bear has a companion, Boone (David Keith), though predictably, the cowboy and the Indian don't get along well at first. Omri comes to the realizations that his living and breathing playthings are also people with lives of ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Adventure comes to life


Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief video images of violence and sexy dancing | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Director Frank Oz got permission from George Lucas to use the character Darth Vader in the film. See more »


The rat changes color from brown to white. See more »


Boone: [crying] Everybody's so big!
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Alternate Versions

The American theatrical and international video releases show the Paramount logo, but the international theatrical and American video releases show the Columbia logo. See more »


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User Reviews

A little surprised at the low rating...
23 July 2010 | by gannontSee all my reviews

On this one, I am surprised that viewers are so critical as to miss the big picture of the magical moments and concepts of the movie. I agree, there are quite a few flaws overall, but some are just direction or editing oversights. However, this film deserves to be recognized as a really good family film as is. There are so many good "teaching moments" for parents regarding what kids go through growing up. The effects were well done for the time, playing the small vs. big people visuals. I was absorbed in the story well beyond picking on every detail. Omri was decent, not great, but believable as the kid star; the casting and scripting both for Little Bear are compelling, fascinating, and wonderful. I would recommend this film to almost anyone, if their reality can be suspended for 96 minutes. It is a great story, if only a good film. Entertaining and more gripping than many films since.

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Release Date:

14 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Indian in the Cupboard See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,716,278, 16 July 1995

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)| DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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