Elephant Boy (1997)




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Movie Info

A young mahout leads the British on an expedition.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Criterion Collection


Critic Reviews for Elephant Boy

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

The film moves leisurely, but with rare charm and visual interest.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Fiction and documentary footage rub shoulders uneasily, but the latter (shot by Flaherty in India) is vividly watchable.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Movie Metropolis

One of the most fascinating and entertaining asides in British cinema, Sabu is just meta-colonial enough to maintain relevance.

Full Review… | November 28, 2011
Slant Magazine

Robert Flaherty's craftsmanship shows in one of his best Hollywood features.

June 21, 2008

Audience Reviews for Elephant Boy

A highly entertaining if somewhat dated film from the late 30's, it marks the film debut of Sabu who would later go on to play in some fantastic films like The Thief of Bagdad. The film is pretty straight forward, but it's a heartwarming story with solid acting and beautiful cinematography.

Michael Stuhlman
Michael Stuhlman

[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_3mCOm4wxK3M/SaRFEUZSj6I/AAAAAAAAB2Q/nkF5VN_iSWc/s400/elephant.jpg[/img][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from IMDB): This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes.[/size][/font] [center][img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3mCOm4wxK3M/SaRE3rU8IyI/AAAAAAAAB2A/h_1RbH-KUug/s400/elephant2.jpg[/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Really, the only thing this movie has going for it is that it's set in the jungle, which is something I enjoy. The story is pretty simple, and passes the time fine, so overall it's not a bad watch. But the acting, characters, technical features, etc. are all mediocre to bad. This feels like it's just a sloppy family movie, which is not what I expected from Robert Flaherty. I'll continue to see his stuff, and hopefully this is his worst.[/size][/font]

Chris Weseloh
Chris Weseloh

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