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Born to Be Wild (1995)

A young teen bonds with a gorilla who has learned sign language - which comes in handy when they take to the road to escape the ape's bad guy owner. A good-natured family adventure, with Peter Boyle.

Director:

John Gray

Writers:

Paul Young (story), John Bunzel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wil Horneff ... Rick Heller
Jean Marie Barnwell Jean Marie Barnwell ... Lacey Carr
Helen Shaver ... Margaret Heller
John C. McGinley ... Uncle Max Carr
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Bob the Paramedic
Peter Boyle ... Gus Charnley
Gregory Itzin ... Walter Mallinson
Titus Welliver ... Sergeant Bo Markle
Thomas F. Wilson ... Det. Lou Greenberg (as Tom Wilson)
Alan Ruck ... Atty. Dan Woodley
Janet Carroll ... Judge Billings
John Procaccino ... Ed Price
Obba Babatundé ... Interpreter
David Wingert David Wingert ... Gary James
John Pleshette ... Donald Carr
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Storyline

Rick Heller is a juvenile delinquent who keeps getting himself into trouble. To keep him out of trouble his mother puts him to work cleaning the cage of a gorilla named Katie which she is teaching to communicate through the use of sign language. When the owner of the gorilla takes her back to become a flea market freak Rick takes it upon himself to break Katie out and take her on an adventureous journey to get her out of the country. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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The story of a 15 year old boy and one incredible gorilla on the road to freedom. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jerro. See more »

Goofs

The apple that Katie takes from the duffel bag is still green. But the one she picks up, and then hands to Rick, is mostly red. See more »

Quotes

Rick Heller: [annoyed] I can't believe I'm wrestling a gorilla for my dinner!
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Connections

Featured in Executive Decision (1996) See more »

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One World for Us
Written by Gerard McMahon
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Extremely predictable
4 September 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

If a kid actually did the same things with a gorilla that the kid in this movie does, he'd quickly get his limbs ripped off - primates are EXTREMELY STRONG animals. In fact, seeing this kid get ripped apart would be more entertaining than anything that happens in this movie. Awesomely manipulative, cardboard characters, and VERY predictable - you'll be able to guess what happens before it actually comes onscreen. And the gorilla costume isn't very convincing. I think only very young children might get some enjoyment from this - everyone else, stay away!


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Katie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,657,008, 2 April 1995

Gross USA:

$3,730,409

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,730,409
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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