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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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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


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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Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheetah & The Hare See more »

Filming Locations:

Nairobi, Kenya See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,636,118, 20 August 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in The Lion King (1994) See more »

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My favorite childhood film
2 August 2011 | by eolianSee all my reviews

This is a very fun movie. My sisters, friends and I grew up watching Cheetah and it is a bit of a cult favorite amongst us. The scenery is beautiful, the characters are fun, the animals are gorgeous and outwitting poachers is awesome! We learned the words to the Swahili song in the movie and we still love that song. We loved the movie so much that my mom promised to take us to Africa in ten years (note to parents: never make promises you don't intend to keep assuming that a six-year old will not remember it in ten years). Of course we never made it to Africa, but when I was 16 we had a Cheetah viewing party in honor of it. The movie was a little cheesier than I remembered it from when I was little, but we still loved it. I have been looking for Cheetah at video stores since then, but it seems to have been forgotten since VHS phased out. I just found out it is now available on DVD, and although I have never bought a movie in my life, I think I may just have to buy this one for my kids (I won't be promising them trips to Africa though)!

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