GenreAdventure, Comedy, Drama EditorMaryann Brandon CountryUnited States
Release dateMarch 31, 1995 (1995-03-31) WriterPaul Young (story), John Bunzel (screenplay), Paul Young (screenplay) CastWil Horneff (Rick Heller), Helen Shaver (Margaret Heller), John C. McGinley (Max Carr) Similar moviesFrank Welker appears in Born to Be Wild and Buddy
Born to be wild trailer 1995
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.
Wil Horneff as Rick Heller
Helen Shaver as Margaret Heller
John C. McGinley as Max Carr
Peter Boyle as Gus Charnley
Jean Marie Barnwell as Lacey Carr
Marvin J. McIntyre as Bob the Paramedic
Gregory Itzin as Walter Mallinson
Titus Welliver as Sergeant Markle
Thomas F. Wilson as Det. Lou Greenberg (as Tom Wilson)
Alan Ruck as Dan Woodley
John Procaccino as Ed Price
Obba Babatundé as Interpreter
David Wingert as Gary James
John Pleshette as Donald Carr
Janet Carroll as Judge Billings
Frank Welker as Katie Gorilla's vocal effects (uncredited)
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." 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.