The Indian in the Cupboard

Synopsis: 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...
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Director(s): Frank Oz
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

We'll pick up your drawing.

Hi, Mom.

- Bye, Rita.

- See you, honey.

- How was school today?

- OK.

- What did you do?

- Nothing.

- Who's at home?

- Nobody.

All right!

- What did you wish for?

- He can't tell.

- He can choose to.

- You never do.

I bet you wished for a skateboard.

- They got you the good one.

- Yes!

- Comes with this.

- Thanks, you guys.

I got you this.

I know what it is.

- Thanks, A.D.

- All righty.

Here we go.

- What's that?

- What a pretty cupboard!

- Where'd you get that?

- Found it.

- And you washed it?

- Yes, Mother.

- Thanks.

- No problem.

- Is there a key?

- There's no key.

- I have lots of keys.

- You save keys?

I've collected them

since I was a girl.

- Think it means anything?

- I didn't say that!

- I think she has secrets.

- What a sweet thing to say!

Watch out.

Guys, not inside. If you want

to ride, you'd better go now.

Not alone.

A. D?

All right. Let's go.

Here we go.

OK, watch this.

- I can do that.

- Piece of cake.

I got you something

to celebrate your birthday.

- It's like an antique.

- Yeah.

I couldn't do much, you know.

It just reminded me of you.

OK. See if one fits.

I love these guys.

- If one fits, can I have it?

- I'll give it to you.


- It works!

- Let me see.

My grandmother gave me that one.

She was dying

and had nothing to leave me...

so I picked up that key and I said

I wanted it more than anything.

- What will I put in the cupboard?

- Here. Put this in.

- Omri, let's read.

- OK

Did I know her, your grandma?

No, you didn't.

She would have loved you.

"Because he was...

"Chapter Eight, Michael.

"Because he was so small,

"Stuart was often hard to find

around the house.

"His father and his mother

and his brother George..."

- Seldom.

- "...seldom could locate him

"by looking for him.

"Usually, they had to call him.

"The house often...

echoed with cries of Stuart!


You hurt me.

- Hello.

- Demon!

- Demon?

- Giant!

- Me?

- Omri!

Omri, we're late.

Come on, buddy, hurry.

Come on.

Look for my bike shorts.

- Working on the house today?

- Yeah. Have a nice day.

- Please make a skylight.

- Goodbye, guys.

- Bye-bye, guys.

- Bye, Mum.

- I'll be right back.

- That wasn't too bad.

Pretty day.

- Did you forget something?

- Why?

- Did you?

- No.

...but the dad might open

a Chinese restaurant.

We've skimmed this chapter,

now let's have some discussion.

- Emily?

- Does Fudge's family want?

- I love the Indian. He's great.

- Why?

Omri, Patrick...

Hurry, Mum. Open the door.

You must be getting hungry.

We're home!

I think your mealy worms are dead.

They're in the pupa stage.

I've seen the pupa stage.

These suckers are dead.

Honey, you can start them again.

I'm sick. I'm tired.

Come on.

- I'm heading up.

- Gili going too?

- He's looking for his Walkman.

- OK.

How do you feel about skylights?

I won't hurt you.

- This is magic?

- I guess.

I think you are a dream.

- Are you a real Indian?

- I am Onondaga gah.

Wolf Clan. Iroquois.

Iroquois? I've heard of them.

Were you always this small?

I am not small. You are big!

But I'm not big. You're so small.

Can you be the Peacemaker?

I'm a boy. My name is Omri.

- The Great Spirit can be a child?

- Who are you?

Ohkwahe. Little Bear.

Little Bear.

- How do you know English?

- We know the English.

They sent for us

to fight the French for them.

When? What year?

- Year 1761.

- 1761?

Will you come out, Little Bear?

You are so real!

I am. Yes. Are you?

If it is magic... then magic

will take me home. I shall go now.

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Melissa Mathison

Melissa Marie Mathison was an American film and television screenwriter and an activist for Tibetan freedom. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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