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An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.

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Cast

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Xan (as Alexander Michaletos)
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Peter
Mary Makhatho ...
Thandi
Nthabiseng Kenoshi ...
Lucille
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Kristin
Jennifer Steyn ...
Aunt Gwen
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Coach Nagy
Garth Renecle ...
Hock Bender
André Stolz ...
Xan's Teacher
Charlotte Savage ...
Poetry Student
Ronald Shange ...
Policeman
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Ripkuna
Nadia Kretschmer ...
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John Whiteley ...
Tourist #2
Clive Scott ...
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During a nightly Porsche ride with his doting rascal Xan, white South African farmer Peter finds and adopts an orphaned cheetah cub, dubbed Duma (just Swahili for cheetah). It becomes the boy's inseparable playmate, even taking it to bed. Peter made clear from the start that the cheetah should be returned to the wild before its full adulthood. But the father is stricken down with a disease just before the cheetah could be returned. Xan's mother sells the farm and moves in with a city aunt. The cheetah escapes, but finds Xan at school, where the new boy is bullied. He decides to run away to the mountains with Duma. On the way they face countless perils, which courage, Xan's intelligence and Duma's instinct overcome. Written by KGF Vissers

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Some friendships are wilder than others.


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Rated PG for mild adventure peril | See all certifications »

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27 May 2005 (UK)  »

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How It Was with Dooms  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$105,422 (USA) (30 September 2005)

Gross:

$860,002 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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Duma is played by 6 different Cheetahs. All orphaned or poached Cheetahs themselves; were hand raised in different parts of Africa. See more »

Quotes

Xan: Love doesn't stop when time passes, or you live in different places, or sombody's gone.
Xan: That's how it was with me and Duma.
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Referenced in Movie Friends: Prashant Prabhakar (2013) See more »

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Rhaliweni (Railway)
Traditional Shangaan Song
Arranged by Philip Miller
Performed by Sun Glen
Courtesy of Worldgoround Records
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A Truly African film directed by an American director - finally!!!
26 December 2005 | by (Durban, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Duma - A story about an orphaned Cheetah and a boy who rediscovers his life after an unfortunate tragedy - A journey that ends with a new beginning.

I often watch films made in America and by American directors that depict African scenes in their movies, and they can never truly portray the African way of life.

Carroll Ballard is one of the first to successfully portray this properly - well, almost :-) He still used the word "Gas" instead of the word "Petrol". Us South Africans never say gas. He also changed the geography of the journey quite dramatically, and at times Xan jumped miraculously 500 km from the East of Botswana to the west of South Africa, and suddenly 5 min later, he jumped 500 km north to the Central North West of Botswana (The Okavango Delta).

But please don't think I am bad mouthing the movie. Everyone is allowed the use of poetic license, and the way that Carroll Ballard did this showcased some of the most beautiful places in Southern Africa, and the world, including Augrabies Falls in South Africa, Sowa Pan and Kubu Island (Part of the largest salt pans in the world, the Magadigadi Pans), the Okavango Delta and many more...

The story is blissfully simple, allowing young children to enjoy this film without asking questions, as well as allowing adults to marvel at the scenes being shown to them.

The photography as far as the filming of the cheetahs goes as well as the African wilderness, was magnificent, as well as the sound effects...they were not artificial, unlike many of the other films made today, which use completely unnatural sound effects for the animals.

A must see for anyone who appreciates a good, heartwarming story, the African wilderness and good, honest, down to earth film making 9/10


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