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The Indian In The Cupboard


Jul 14, 1995

MPAA Rating



Hal Scardino


(pictures (c)1995 Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment)

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Omri (Hal Scardino) is a young boy who receives an unusual present at his birthday: An old cupboard that magically transforms plastic toys into small human beings.

Content Details

Why Is The Indian In The Cupboard Rated PG?

The Indian In The Cupboard is rated PG for mild language and brief video images of violence and sexy dancing.

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Overall: A-
A young boy is amazed after receiving a small cupboard with a special key for his birthday, and discovers it can bring anything to life that’s placed inside. Bringing an Iroquois Indian and a western cowboy to life, he and his friend begin to realize they are becoming responsible for something far greater than a toy.

Violence: B
Pigeon briefly attacks box containing small Indian—blood later seen on Indian’s legs as a result of the attack, but audience does not see the attack. An old Indian dies from shock. Young boy steals another boy’s money by bumping him on the street. Boy kicks an animal exercise ball, containing a pet rat, down stairs. Various toys come alive in miniature and briefly begin fighting with each other. Cowboy with gun and Indian with bow and arrow fight each other—Indian eventually shoots off cowboy’s hat with arrow. Miniature cowboy with tiny gun shoots full-size boy inflicting very minor injury. Young boys begin verbally arguing in school hallway, requiring a teacher to calm them down. Brief images of native people getting shot by white men in a western movie seen on television. Man is shot with arrow.

Sexual Content: A-
Young boys briefly watch scantily clad girls dancing suggestively in a music video on television. Indian is dressed in traditional attire, which exposes all of his upper body and most of his legs.

Language: B+
At least: 10 mild profanities and 2 terms of Deity used as expletives or profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B-
Cowboy, appearing somewhat drunk, talks about not drinking another drop. Cowboy talks about needing a drink. Cowboy smokes cigarette twice. Cowboy speaks of whiskey. Cowboy refers to “tornado juice,” meaning alcoholic drink. Army medic recommends an injured person take a drop of brandy, injured man excitedly asks if he heard someone say something about brandy.

Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated
AB Not Rated
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ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of The Indian In The Cupboard...

Revisiting Indian In The Cupboard on DVD, I found myself loving this movie even more. Of course the DVD offers everything you would expect—wide screen picture, beautiful colors, additional information regarding the production of the movie, and an enlightening director’s commentary by Frank Oz—which after having listened to it, makes you appreciate the work involved in this production made on the cusp of the digital cinema revolution. The only disappointment was the lack of a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track, yet the standard Dolby Surround offering (still recorded digitally of course) gave bright presence to Randy Edelman’s incredible score.

DVD Release Information:

  • Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
  • Theatrical release date: July 14, 1995
  • DVD release date: July 3, 2001
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Production company: Columbia/Tristar Studios
  • Package type: Keep case
  • Aspect ratios: Two sided disc with Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1 on one side and Full Screen (standard) 1.33:1 on the other
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
DVD Extras:
  • Commentary by director Frank Oz
  • Photo gallery of production stills from movie
  • Filmographies for key production personnel
  • Theatrical trailers for other movies

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