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The Jungle Book

  • Children's
  • Drama
  • 1994
  • Stephen Sommers
  • 119 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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MowgliJason Scott Lee
Captain BooneCary Elwes
Kitty BrydonLena Headey
Major BrydonSam Neill
Doctor PlumfordJohn Cleese
WilkinsJason Flemyng
BuldeoStefan Kalipha
HarleyRon Donachie
TabaquiAnirudh Agrawal
NathooFaran Tahir

Crew

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DirectorStephen Sommers

Details

Guidance
Contains some violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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