RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK

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Release Date: December 25, 1994

Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Sam Neill,
John Cleese, Cary Elwes, &
Lena Headey

Genre: Action Adventure

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Rating: PG

Runtime: 110 minutes

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures/Walt
Disney Company

Director: Stephen Sommers

Executive Producer: Sharad Patel, Mark Damon &
Lawrence Mortorff

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Writer: Ronald Yanover & Mark D.
Geldman

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Content:

(C, R, L, VV, S, FR, B, M) Christian premise that love, purity and integrity triumph over evil set in a Romantic worldview; 3 obscenities & 2 vulgar references; frightening fights with python, some fist fights, beatings & minor scuffles; reference to being kicked in private parts; some references & symbols of false religions -- Hinduism and pantheism; false religion rebuked; and, some smoking.

Summary:

The Walt Disney live-action rendition of RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK is a fast-paced, exciting, emotive movie about the jungle boy Mowgli and his encounter with Western civilization. It exceeds the fun-filled animated Disney version with the help of a powerful and dramatic storyline about love and purity triumphing over evil.

Review:

The Walt Disney live-action rendition of RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK opens on an ancient map of India, as Major Brydon (Sam Neill) tells about traveling to a remote area of this exotic subcontinent. His entourage includes his 5 year-old daughter, Kitty, and her Indian friend, Mowgli. Both Kitty and Mowgli lost their mothers to untimely deaths. When the tiger Shere Khan attacks the camp, Mowgli is carried off into the jungle. There, Mowgli is befriended by a panther, a gray wolf and a bear. Years later, a grown-up Kitty wanders into the jungle and meets Mowgli (Jason Scott Lee). Soon thereafter, Mowgli sneaks into the city to find Kitty and is thrown in prison. Kitty appeals to her father to let her teach Mowgli English. Kitty's fianc‚, Captain William Boone, realizes that Mowgli knows the way to a lost treasure and wants Mowgli to lead him to it. When Mowgli flees to the jungle, Captain Boone pursues him in his greedy quest for the lost treasure.

RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK is a classic romance which has hint of a pantheistic respect for the wildlife. However, its deviations from a biblical perspective are kept in abeyance by the triumph of purity and love over avarice and pride. The movie is not for little children because of the frightening battles, but for children 8 and up, THE JUNGLE BOOK is an entertaining movie well worth seeing.

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