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Duma (2005)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  27 May 2005 (UK)
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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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Xan (as Alexander Michaletos)
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Peter
Mary Makhatho ...
Thandi
Nthabiseng Kenoshi ...
Lucille
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Kristin
Jennifer Steyn ...
Aunt Gwen
Nicky Rebelo ...
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 ...
Tourist #1
John Whiteley ...
Tourist #2
Clive Scott ...
Tourist #3 - Eager Man
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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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How It Was with Dooms  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$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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When You're Falling
Written by Simon Emmerson (as Emmerson), James McNally (as McNally), Iarla O'Lionaird (as O'Lionaird),
Martin Russell (as Russell)
Performed by Afro Celt Sound System (as The Afro Celt Sound System) with Peter Gabriel
Co-Produced by Stephen Hague
The Afro Celt Sound System appear Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd./Virgin Records Ltd.
Peter Gabriel Appears Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd./Virgin Records Ltd.
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A Sensational Work Blending Heart and Mind
6 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Duma" comes along to show us it is possible to create a work of art that combines compassion, intelligence, creativity, and insight. I'm a bit hesitant to even mind some of the comments made by a few people about this film. It is NOT about the people of the country, or a particular point of view. It is supposed to be about a boy and his closest relationship to another living thing on this planet. It is an adventure that doesn't rely on cheap special effects and far fetched ideas that no one but a movie executive find any connection to. It is not about throwing a gimmick in front of our faces and failing to deliver. "Duma" just opens a window to a world that is slowly dying in front of us.

After seeing the film, I couldn't stop thinking about the marvelous nature of the cheetah, as a creature, a friend, another member of this world's wonders. As the film unfolds, we witness other marvels along the way, as our young protagonist finds ways to solve several quests in the story. There were a few instances where I had to catch my breath for the sheer magic displayed on the screen: the vistas, the expressions, the lyrical beauty which was composed by the various parts. It was a universal experience that can reach and touch both adults and children. The best part is that we went back to the primal essence of cinema, the ability to conjure or transports us to the magic that exists in our own world.

"Duma" stands for the soul in us, a part of our world that keeps us going and refuses to let go. An artist, like Mr. Ballard can create this type of entertainment, the kind that allows us to reflect on what is important, leads us to think and to care about where we're going, and what the rewards and consequences might be. This is an important film that, in typical fashion, is being neglected by the moguls of entertainment. Catch it in the big screen to get its full impact, relish it, and pass the word around. Here is a film that earns the title of a classic right away.


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