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Little Buddha (1994)



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Mark Peploe and Rudy Wurlitzer wrote this tale of an American boy who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader. Intercut into this story is a dramatization of the life of Siddhartha (played by Keanu Reeves). Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro; score by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Keanu Reeves
as Prince Siddhartha
Chris Isaak
as Dean Konrad
Bridget Fonda
as Lisa Konrad
Alex Wiesendanger
as Jesse Konrad
Ying Ruocheng
as Lama Norbu
Sogyal Rinpoche
as Kenpo Tenzin
Jo Champa
as Maria
T.K. Lama
as Sangay
Mantu Lal
as Mantu
Rudraprasad Sengupta
as King Suddhodhana
Kanika Pandey
as Queen Maya
as Yasodhara
Madhu Mathur
as Prajapati
Anupam Shyam
as Lord Mara
Ruchi Mathur
as Queen's Assistant
S.S. Pandey
as Old Musician
Tarana Ramakrishnan
as Saddiya Siddiqui
Anu Ehetri
as Anita Thakur
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Critic Reviews for Little Buddha

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

Bertolucci's celebrated burnt-orange-and-burnished-lemon look remains handsome, and the story itself still commands some interest as a pivot into daunting material.

December 7, 2007 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Bertolucci's epic is a disappointment.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A crazily mesmerizing pop artifact that ranks alongside Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha in terms of extreme earnestness and quasi-religious entertainment value.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5
New York Times
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The modern sequences lack realism or credibility. The ancient sequences play like the equivalent of a devout Bible story.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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As beautifully photographed and intelligently-written as the movie is, it has no emotional depth or appeal, and is often as cold and clinical as its gray depiction of Seattle.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Little Buddha succeeds precisely because of its guileless innocence.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Little Buddha

Great casting, really splendid, because when I think of Buddha I automatically think Keanu Reeves. Honestly I started to burst out laughing whenever Keanu spoke, it was pretty bad. Other than that I thought the story was interesting, and cute. I thought that it would have been more heavy handed, but it was quite passive in it's views of the world which I found refreshing.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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Ultimately this fell flat for me. I was more interested in the segements relating Siddhartha's story than in any of the modern day goings on, even if Keanu Reeves seems to mainly be in the film to look pretty (which his delivery of lines suggests).

Kylie B
Kylie B

Super Reviewer

I watched this film in my religion class for the first time, and it was enough for me. However, I do give it credit for staying biblically correct to the religion!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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