Little Buddha (1994)
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as Prince Siddhartha
as Dean Konrad
as Lisa Konrad
as Jesse Konrad
as Lama Norbu
as Kenpo Tenzin
as Lama Dorje
as King Suddhodhana
as Queen Maya
as Lord Mara
as Queen's Assistant
as Old Musician
as Saddiya Siddiqui
as Anita Thakur
Critic Reviews for Little Buddha
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.
A crazily mesmerizing pop artifact that ranks alongside Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha in terms of extreme earnestness and quasi-religious entertainment value.
The modern sequences lack realism or credibility. The ancient sequences play like the equivalent of a devout Bible story.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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