The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Stephen Sommers (1994)

119min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This live-action rumble-in-the-jungle version of the story of Mowgli, the boy brought up to adulthood by wolves, may lack the songs and magic of the classic Disney feature-length cartoon, but it is closer to Kipling's original tale. Jason Scott Lee is very effective as the wolf-man battling villain Cary Elwes for the treasure buried beneath a lost city. The animal training is extraordinary, and John Cleese's regular appearances add a much needed lightness to the tale: he even gets to mention "the bare necessities" without a glimmer of Pythonesque irony.

Summary

An orphaned boy is raised by wild animals in the Indian jungle, but his idyllic life looks set to be destroyed after his first meeting with his fellow humans when it becomes clear to greedy soldiers that he knows where a secret hoard of treasure is hidden. Adventure, starring Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Sam Neill, John Cleese, Jason Flemyng and Lena Headey.

Cast & Crew

Mowgli Jason Scott Lee
Captain Boone Cary Elwes
Kitty Brydon Lena Headey
Major Brydon Sam Neill
Doctor Plumford John Cleese
Wilkins Jason Flemyng
Buldeo Stefan Kalipha
Harley Ron Donachie
Tabaqui Anirudh Agrawal
Nathoo Faran Tahir
Director Stephen Sommers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Children's Drama