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Chandar, the Black Leopard of Ceylon (1972)

Chandar is a black leopard who lives near the beach of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) together with his mother and his sister. When fishers arrive they have to leave and move to a temple in the jungle.... See full summary »


Winston Hibler


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Credited cast:
Ben Wright ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Abeywickrama Joe Abeywickrama ... Father
Esrom Jayasinghe Esrom Jayasinghe ... Dasa
Frederick Steyne Frederick Steyne ... Sumana


Chandar is a black leopard who lives near the beach of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) together with his mother and his sister. When fishers arrive they have to leave and move to a temple in the jungle. When Chandra explores the new territory he falls into a river but the old Buddhist monk Sumana rescues him from the water. Three years later Chandar gets separated from his family during a forest fire and has to learn to live on his own. He meets Sumana again when the monk starts on a pilgrimage together with the young boy Dasa. They visit the old temples and statues of Ceylon and Sumana teaches him Buddhist philosophy and wisdom. Chandar follows them out of curiosity. During an elephant hunt Chandar saves the boy from the wild elephants but gets himself captured by the hunters and is sold to a circus. Some weeks later the boy frees the leopard from his cage in the circus. Meanwhile the police is searching for another leopard who killed a villager. When they see Chandar, they try to shoot him but ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chandar, der schwarze Leopard See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Great Animal Film
25 June 2004 | by MerkinquimSee all my reviews

The last time I saw this movie, I was about 8 or 9 (I'm now 21), so I don't remember a whole lot. However, this was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Much like The Bear and the upcoming The Brothers, this movie tells an animal's story from it's own point of view, namely a black leopard living in Sri Lanka. The cinematography is beautiful, capturing the forests and ancient temples of Sri Lanka through which Chandar wanders, and depicts numerous animals and people who play a part in the cat's life. As I mentioned before, I don't remember very much from this movie, other than a few encounters Chandar has, such as being captured by for use in a circus and being harassed by monkeys at some temple ruins. But I do remember how much I use to enjoy this movie. Had I not lost my copy (my parents taped it off television at some point in the early '80s) a long time ago, I would probably have seen it many more times. At any rate, I recommend this movie to anyone who loves animals, especially kids, and anyone who loved The Bear (which I did as well), or anyone interested in the culture of southern India and Sri Lanka. A great movie all around. I'm surprised that I seem to be the first person at IMDb to ever comment on it.

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