The Indian in the Cupboard

The Indian in the Cupboard

Frank Oz (1995)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Combining culture-clash comedy with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style special effects, this assured version of the Lynne Reid Banks novel from director Frank Oz is low-key fantasy with a high-grade impact. A young boy discovers that an old cupboard given to him on his birthday can animate his playthings in this enchanting family fable. Ultimately he must learn responsibility when he brings his toy Indian (well played by rap artist Litefoot) to life and starts treating him like a human Action Man. Muppet maestro Oz and his screenwriter Melissa Mathison never get too heavy, condescending or cloying with their sweet-natured message, and the results are funny, inspiring and moving. A wondrous and winning experience that every age-group can share.


A nine-year-old boy is given an old cupboard and a toy Iroquois Indian for his birthday - but when he puts the figure inside the cupboard, he is astonished to see it come to life. He repeats the experiment with more of his toys, and realises he is creating real people - and is responsible for their wellbeing. Children's fantasy, with Hal Scardino, Litefoot and Steve Coogan.

Cast & Crew

Omri Hal Scardino
Little Bear Litefoot
Tommy Steve Coogan
Jane Lindsay Crouse
Victor Richard Jenkins
Patrick Rishi Bhat
Boone David Keith
Lucy Sakina Jaffrey
Director Frank Oz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)Available on: video and DVD