- Not to be confused with the 2011 film in the same name.
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.