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)
Stars: Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse
Storyline 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
Cast: Hal Scardino
Adventure comes to life
Release Date: 14 July 1995
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Trivia: Lynne Reid Banks wrote her original novel as a bedtime story for her son, Omri.
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.
The boys back home call me boohoo Boone!"
A very moving, lovely tale of a young boy growing up
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.