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Little Buddha (1994)

Keanu Reeves , Ruocheng Ying , Bernardo Bertolucci  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Ruocheng Ying, Chris Isaak, Bridget Fonda, Alex Wiesendanger
  • Directors: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428360
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little Buddha" on IMDb

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Keanu Reeves (SPEED) and Bridget Fonda (IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU) star in this motion picture spectacular from Academy Award(R)-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci (THE LAST EMPEROR). In a big American CIty, a boy and his family (Fonda and Chris Isaak -- SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) discover a story about a prince in a land of miracles. But the miracle becomes real when Tibetan monks appear, searching for their leader's reincarnation -- who they believe has been reborn in the boy. Suddenly, their worlds meet, leading the Americans on an extraordinary adventure!

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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps it is simplistic, but I enjoyed it November 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
As a traditional Jew who is often critical of films about Judaism, I can understand why some Buddhist reviewers have disparaged "Little Buddha" as overly-simplistic. For a lifelong practitioner of Buddhism, it probably is. Then again, people have to start somewhere. Those of us who seriously practice a spiritual path - whatever it may be -- tend to forget that intro level materials are just that -- basic intro. While the average Buddhist might already know the story of Buddha's life by heart, the vast majority of non-Buddhists here in the USA do not. Also keep in mind that this is a PG family film, not an historical documentary. My impression was that the film was primarily aimed at children, since the main characters is a little boy, and the story-within-the-story about Buddha's life is presented as a series of scenes in a book he (the American kid) is reading. Granted, the film does have an certain idealized, fairytale quality, but then again, so do the all those sand-and-sandals films about Jesus. Which is why I would place "Little Buddha" in the same genre. I happen to like this kind of pagentry, so I enjoyed "little Buddha" for the icongraphy that it is.
On the technical end, the cinamatography is beautiful, the costumes are superb, and the acting is well done. The story, while fictional, is based on real cases of Tibetan Lamas who have reincarnated in the West. As a companion to this film, I would recommend Vickie McKenzie's book, "Reborn in the West," which chronicles several such real-life cases. In fact, it was after reading McKenzie's book that I noticed this film and decided to view it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging introduction into Buddhism November 24, 2011
By Kate
Format:DVD
I have owned and enjoyed this film since it's release on video. Coming from a background of Buddhist study, I found this to be a very accessible and welcoming introductory film into the philosophy of Buddhism for a Western audience. The story covers the life of the Buddha, as well as that of a contemporary child, and his family's intersection with this centuries old faith tradition. Because Buddhism shares little that is familiar in it's origins with the Abrahamic faiths which predominate in America and the Western world, the stories about the early life of the Buddha are retold, with great beauty and respect, so they become understandable and relevant. This is intertwined with the adventures of the American child and his family, as they struggle to face decisions that they had never before contemplated, concerning their own lives and work, as well as the future of their son, who now has a variety of paths open to him. The photography is outstanding, and the music stands on it's own well enough that I purchased the sound track. The actors are well cast, with several actual Buddhist monks and a wandering ascetic portraying themselves in the film. This is a very enjoyable film for children and adults, and one that can be enjoyed on a deeper level with anyone who has studied Buddhism, as there are visual references to tenets of the faith through out the movie. This is a film that can simply be enjoyed for it's voluptuous story telling and performances; or as an exploration of a faith older than Christianity, and how it has shaped cultures. It is filmed on location, in India and Seattle, and provides an entertaining glimpse of the possibilities that life can offer, even in the face of obstacles and uncertainty.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I have seen this movie five or six times, now, and each time I find something new and significant in it. Keanu Reeves was just fine, who says he's a horrible actor? And physically, he was totally appropriate. I loved the little kids' acting, too, and I will look at Bridget Fonda no matter what she does. This movie inspired me to continue my spiritual quest. It may be oversimplified, but a movie that's about peace and love and spirit is a great and wonderful relief from all the violence and gore and general horrible content of many of the newer movies. I too love all of Bertolucci's films, but this one touched my innermost being.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Buddha---Big Movie November 14, 2001
By Nikki
Format:VHS Tape
"Little Buddha" is a very interesting, educational, and well-made movie. It's not the best movie I have ever seen, but I can tell you that I thouroughly enjoyed it.

The story begins in modern-day Tibet. A monk, Lama Norbu, receives a letter telling him that the reincarnation of his former teacher may have been found. He goes to Seattle to pursure this great news, and another monk tells him that he had dreams that their old teacher led him to the same empty spot on a hill over and over again. One day, the monk came across teh very spot from his dream and finds a house there. A family with an only child lives there and the monks believe that Jesse, the child, is their teacher reincarnated. The monks visit Jesse and his mother at home and leave Jesse a book about Buddha.
Later, Jesse asks the monks about their teacher and takes them to the Seattle Fine Arts Museum to see a sculpture of Buddha. Jesse's mother takes him to the Dharma Center to visit the monk, where they continue to read to Jesse the story of how Siddhartha became the Buddha.
Jesse's father arrives to talk to the monks and calls the story of Buddha a myth and while he has plenty of respect for the Tibetan culture and religion he does not believe in reincarnation. The monks explains reincarnation to Jesse's father by breaking a cup full of tea. He says that the tea is still tea even when it's on the floor in in a rag. He says the mind and spirit are the same way after death. He goes on to mention that if Jesse goes to Nepal with the monks that he could be a powerful figure in Tibetan culture. Irritated, Jesse's father says it's gone too far, takes his son, and leaves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triple Rebirth
This film brilliantly weaves together the story of a Tibetan lama's triple rebirth as three young children and the classic story of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha's enlightenment. Read more
Published 5 days ago by H. Talat Halman
5.0 out of 5 stars nice movie
Very good movie. Lots of interesting info brought into plot in very interesting ways. Have watched it twice and probably will again.
Published 22 days ago by lcg
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie Review
The movie starts off with Buddhist monks learning about one of their great teachers have passed away and they are on a hunt to find a little boy named "Jesse" because it is... Read more
Published 23 days ago by chelsea nooner
3.0 out of 5 stars my review
if there are subtitles in the movie it will be better. and resolution of the movie wasn't so good. : )
Published 2 months ago by gim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I am a Buddhist and I show this movie to my non-buddhist friends to introduce them to Buddhism in an entertaining way.
Published 2 months ago by Gregg Bracke
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Review of Little Buddha
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Bridget Fonda, Chris Isaak, Alex Wiesendanger, Ying Ruocheng
This movie is about reincarnation within the Buddhist culture. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cherisse
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Buddha
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Published 2 months ago by Karen Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars great for introducing children to Buddhism
Despite the fact that Keanu Reeves plays the historical Buddha, that this really is a great movie! It tells the story of a Tibetan lama who believes that he has found the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dakini
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Buddhism
Good film shot in Seattle and Asia with basic information on Buddhism, and beautiful shooting sites in Bhutan and Nepal. I recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by T. Arens
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Budddha....Eye,Soul and Heart Opening Experience
Little Buddha is a wonderful story based on truth. To truly understand
life one must open one's Soul to Reincarnation. Read more
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