Born to Be Wild (1995 film)

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Born to Be Wild
Born to Be Wild 1995.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Gray
Produced by Robert Newmyer
Jeffrey Silver
Screenplay by John Bunzel
Paul Young
Story by Paul Young
Music by Mark Snow
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Edited by Maryann Brandon
Fuji Entertainment
Outlaw Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Release date
  • March 31, 1995 (1995-03-31)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3,730,409

Born to Be Wild is a 1995 American family comedy film.


Rick Heller is a juvenile delinquent who continues to get himself into trouble. To keep him out of mischief, his mother, Margaret, puts him to work cleaning the cage of a female gorilla named Katie. Margaret is teaching Katie to communicate through the use of sign language. When the owner of the gorilla, Gus Charnley, takes her away to become a flea market freak, Rick decides to rescue Katie and take her on an adventurous journey to get her out of the country.



Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle said the animatronic gorilla looked phony, but concluded "The film has its moments of nutty fun" and "it also has a couple of touching scenes—if you can get beyond that bogus ape look."[1] Washington Post critic Rita Kempley called it "a heart-yanking family yarn that resembles a simian adaptation of Nell" and also compared the movie to Free Willy.[2]


  1. ^ Peter Stack (1995-04-03). "Robot Gorilla Doesn't Cut It in `Born'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  2. ^ Rita Kempley (1995-04-03). "‘Born to Be Wild’". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 

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