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Cheetah (1989)

An American boy and girl, spending six months in Kenya with their scientist parents adopt a cheetah, only to realize that they must set it loose so that it can learn to hunt and be free. ... See full summary »

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Ted
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Susan
Colin Mothupi ...
Morogo
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Earl Johnson
Breon Gorman ...
Jean Johnson
Ka Vundla ...
Kipoin
Lydia Kigada ...
Lani
Kuldeep Bhakoo ...
Patel
Paul Onsongo ...
Abdullah
Anthony Baird ...
Nigel
Rory McGuinness ...
Larry
Rod Jacobsen ...
David
David Adido ...
Mwangi
Konga Mbandu ...
Police Captain
Martin Okello ...
Friendly Policeman
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An American boy and girl, spending six months in Kenya with their scientist parents adopt a cheetah, only to realize that they must set it loose so that it can learn to hunt and be free. However, when the animal is captured by poachers planning to race it against greyhounds, the two city kids, together with a young African goat herder they befriended, head off into the wild to rescue the cheetah. Written by David Mullich <dmullich@aol.com>

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cheetah | greyhound | race | african | girl | See All (54) »

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Adventure | Family

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G | See all certifications »
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18 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Cheetah & The Hare  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,636,118, 20 August 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,153,677
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The phrase "Hakuna matata" which is heard on a radio in the form of a song. It became very famous when Disney released The Lion King (1994) five years later. See more »

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kids save cheetah from poachers ... and a dog race?
31 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Californian teens Ted (Keith Coogan) and Susan (Lucy Deakins) come to Kenya to stay with their scientist parents for six months. They befriend local child goat herder Morogo. They find a baby cheetah after the mother is killed by poacher. They name her Duma. She gets bigger and they try to teach her how to hunt with little success. Duma gets kidnapped by poachers who wants to race her against greyhounds. They suspect Patel but they are suppose to return home. Instead, they sneak off to rescue Duma with Morogo's help.

It's a simple family movie. The two lead actors are good capable performers. The rest of the cast are pretty amateurish. The story isn't anything special. The best thing about the movie is the wild life. There are some good close encounters. It's a good one for the tiny ones but not for anybody else.


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