Jodie Foster made her screen debut at age 9 as Samantha, a spunky girl whose friend Napoleon (Johnny Whitaker) lives on a farm in Oregon with his grandfather (Will Geer). One day, a circus performer persuades the boy and his grandfather to take in Major, an aging lion. But when grandpa dies, Napoleon tries to avoid being sent to an orphanage by running away into the mountains with Samantha and the lion in search of his friend Danny (Michael Douglas). Rated G.