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Laramie Movie Scope:
Indian in the Cupboard

A child's fantasy about adult responsibility

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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July 17, 1995 -- ``Indian in the Cupboard' is a sensitive parable about parenthood and responsibility.

``Indian in the Cupboard'' is about a boy who gets a magic cupboard which can bring toys to life. He befriends a small plastic Indian that comes to life. Problems arise as he tries to keep his discovery a secret and when his friend brings a small cowboy to life.

The story is really about parenthood and the immense responsibility of bringing a new life into the world. Hal Scardino, who plays Omri, the boy and Litefoot, who plays the Indian, Little Bear, are quite good. The special effects are excellent.

Although the film doesn't go as far as it might in exploring the morality of creating new life, the screenplay is fairly well written by Melissa Mathison, who also wrote ``E.T.'' Mathison, by the way is a Wyoming resident. She's the wife of film star Harrison Ford, who lives in the Jackson area.

It is a thoughtful and sensitive story suitable for adults and children alike. It rates a B.

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