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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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Jeff Blyth

Writers:

Alan Caillou (book), John Cotter (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Coogan ... Ted
Lucy Deakins ... Susan
Colin Mothupi Colin Mothupi ... Morogo
Timothy Landfield ... Earl Johnson
Breon Gorman Breon Gorman ... Jean Johnson
Ka Vundla Ka Vundla ... Kipoin
Lydia Kigada Lydia Kigada ... Lani
Kuldeep Bhakoo Kuldeep Bhakoo ... Patel
Paul Onsongo Paul Onsongo ... Abdullah
Anthony Baird Anthony Baird ... Nigel
Rory McGuinness Rory McGuinness ... Larry
Rod Jacobsen Rod Jacobsen ... David
David Adido David Adido ... Mwangi
Konga Mbandu Konga Mbandu ... Police Captain
Martin Okello Martin Okello ... Friendly Policeman
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Storyline

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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Adventure | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheetah & The Hare See more »

Filming Locations:

Nairobi, Kenya See more »

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Box Office

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Hakuna Mahtata
1 June 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Why does Disney always make movies about kids befriending animals and saving them from poachers? There are just too many to count. In spite of that, this is a good children's movie.

Two kids, Ted (Kieth Coogan) and Susan (Lucy Deakins), are living in Kenya with their parents who are scientists. Boredom overtakes these city kids until they adopt a cheetah and raise. Soon, however, they must release it into the wild, due to the obvious difficulties of raising an adult cheetah and the necessity of having it live outside of the captive. Except, their cheetah is taken up by those damn poachers. So, the kids and their parents, fight against the armed poachers to get it back.

This movie is quite similar to a "A Far Off Place" which was released a few years later, starring Reece Witherspoon and Ethan Embry. If you enjoy "Cheetah," you'll likely enjoy that one as well. These were pretty decent kids movies and ones that provide a gorgeous view of Sub Sahara Africa.


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