The Indian in the Cupboard

1995 PG 1h 38m DVD

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The Indian in the Cupboard

1995 PG 1h 38m DVD
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Nine-year-old Omri (Hal Scardino) gets some odd gifts for his birthday: a wooden cupboard, antique keys and a figure of an Iroquois warrior. Much to Omri's surprise, the figurine -- known as Little Bear -- comes to life overnight in the cabinet. Omri shares his secret with best pal Patrick (Rishi Bhat), who promptly locks a toy cowboy in with Little Bear. Will the boys learn any lessons as they try to make peace between the cowboy and the Indian?
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, Chinese Simplified, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Thai
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
  • Hal Scardino
  • Litefoot
  • Lindsay Crouse
  • Richard Jenkins
  • Rishi Bhat
  • Steve Coogan
  • David Keith
  • Sakina Jaffrey
  • Vincent Kartheiser
  • Nestor Serrano
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Reviews

age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Indian in the Cupboard is a tender and compelling fantasy about friendship and compassion that tweens will thoroughly enjoy. It does have some potentially upsetting moments: the 9-year-old boy grieves when he brings an aging figure to life who subsequently suffers a fatal coronary. Little Bear (the Indian in the title) explains that he is mourning his wife. Both Little Bear and Boone (a cowboy) explain to Omri that it is time for them to find wives and have children. Little Bear and Boone fight before becoming friends and one scene shows a violent massacre of Native Americans on TV, which causes Little Bear to shoot Boone with an arrow, though he later recovers.

Sexual Content

Brief glimpse of Motley Crue music video "Girls" with gyrating, scantily clad women. Boone makes a slightly lascivious comment. Discussion about Little Bear's need for a wife.

Violence

Little Bear and Boone duel with guns and arrows on their first encounter. By accident, the cowboy Boone is shot in the chest with an arrow, though he later recovers. An older Indian dies from an apparent heart attack when brought to life by Omri's magic cupboard. Omri is accosted by a bigger boy who takes his money. Little Bear must go beneath the floorboards where a rat lives. The rat lunges, but is soon captured. Disturbed by his brothers' presence in his room, Omri lashes out by kicking their pet rat.

Language

"Hell," "damn," and "ass" occasionally used by adults.

Social Behavior

Little Bear helps Omri learn that friendship, responsibility, and sacrifice are part of being independent.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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