Born to Be Wild (1995 film)

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Born to Be Wild
Born to Be Wild 1995.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Gray
Produced byRobert Newmyer
Jeffrey Silver
Screenplay byJohn Bunzel
Paul Young
Story byPaul Young
Music byMark Snow
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
Edited byMaryann Brandon
Fuji Entertainment
Outlaw Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 31, 1995 (1995-03-31)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,730,409[1]

Born to Be Wild is a 1995 American family comedy film released by Warner Bros. under their Warner Bros. Family Entertainment label.


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 western lowland 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."[2] The 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.[3]


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

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