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Duma (2005)

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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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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Nadia Kretschmer ...
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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cheetah | boy | africa | bed | south africa | See All (33) »

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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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,422, 2 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$860,002, 30 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

Ripkuna: That is a place of many teeth, my friend.
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Referenced in Movie Friends: Prashant Prabhakar (2013) See more »

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A Cup of Coffee, A Sandwich and You
Written by Joseph Meyer, Billy Rose, and Al Dubin
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Excellent - Reminds me somewhat of "Walkabout"
27 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film was a rare pleasure to behold, much like the joy I experienced in September 1993 at the Toronto International Film Festival screening of "SIRGA: L'infant Lion" (yet to be released on DVD in North America although released in Germany a few years ago). There are deeper messages here and these are truly welcome, unlike so much of the swill that passes for family entertainment these days. As much as I enjoyed "Two Brothers" (Jean-Jacques Annaud) recently, I do prefer this film by a director whose last film I enjoyed at the Toronto Festival some 8+ years ago - "Fly Away Home".

The journey taken by the 12 year old boy reminds me somewhat of the journey taken by a slightly younger lad and his sister in the also-compelling early 70s Nicholas Roeg film "Walkabout" which I also highly recommend if you like nature-type films (or should I say "au natural" type films ... ha ha). I rate this one 9 out of 10.

Anyway make sure you get to see this once it comes to your part of the world either theatrically or, likelier on DVD.


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