7.3/10
7,334
45 user 37 critic

Duma (2005)

Trailer
0:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.

Director:

Carroll Ballard

Writers:

Carol Cawthra Hopcraft (book), Xan Hopcraft (book) | 4 more credits »
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Homerun (2003)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young boy accidentally loses his sister's school shoes. To avoid trouble at school and with their parents, they decide to secretly share his shoes.

Director: Jack Neo
Stars: Shawn Lee, Megan Zheng, Yun Xiang
Two Brothers (2004)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two tigers are separated as cubs and taken into captivity, only to be reunited years later as enemies by an explorer (Pearce) who inadvertently forces them to fight each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ultraman and his comrades from M-78 (including a new Ultraman, Zero, the son of Ultra Seven) join forces with other allies to fight a massive army of giant monsters led by the evil Ultraman Belial.

Directors: Koichi Sakamoto, William Winckler
Stars: Shôta Minami, Susumu Kurobe, Kôji Moritsugu
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A comedy about the difficult relationships parents have with their children today. Set in Singapore's fast-paced society, eight year old Jerry sees how he and his older brother Tom, and his... See full summary »

Director: Jack Neo
Stars: Shawn Lee, Ashley Leong, Joshua Ang
Bear Hug (2004)
Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Dajun still lives with his father, who dates and plans to marry a ditsy starlet. The boy's mother is a flight stewardess, hence often away, and so Dajun's chubby cousin Yifen is often hired... See full summary »

Director: Shaudi Wang
Stars: Kuan-Po Chen, Shiang-chyi Chen, Jade Yu-Ting Chou
Fly Away Home (1996)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany
Nutcracker (1986)
Family | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Hugh Duncan Bigney Mitchell, Vanessa Sharp, Patricia Barker
Home Run (2010)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Lin Isa collected his first pitching victory as an 11 year-old in fifth grade. The same year, with the slam of his gavel a judge sentenced his father, Lin Xin-yi, to a prison term. The ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Chien Chen
Stars: Annie Chen, Kingone Wang
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Michaeletos ... Xan (as Alexander Michaletos)
Campbell Scott ... Peter
Mary Makhatho Mary Makhatho ... Thandi
Nthabiseng Kenoshi Nthabiseng Kenoshi ... Lucille
Hope Davis ... Kristin
Jennifer Steyn Jennifer Steyn ... Aunt Gwen
Nicky Rebelo Nicky Rebelo ... Coach Nagy
Garth Renecle Garth Renecle ... Hock Bender
André Stolz André Stolz ... Xan's Teacher
Charlotte Savage Charlotte Savage ... Poetry Student
Ronald Shange Ronald Shange ... Policeman
Eamonn Walker ... Ripkuna
Nadia Kretschmer ... Tourist #1
John Whiteley John Whiteley ... Tourist #2
Clive Scott Clive Scott ... Tourist #3 - Eager Man
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some friendships are wilder than others.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild adventure peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

How It Was with Dooms See more »

Filming Locations:

Botswana See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,422, 2 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$860,002, 30 October 2005
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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: People go when they are ready to go, not when you are. We are all just travelers on the same river, grandparents, parents, sons and daughters. We all have our time on the river. We do what we can before we disappear.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Friends: Prashant Prabhakar (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Having A Party
Written by William Norflin
Performed by The Fabulous Fantoms
Courtesy of Tuff City Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Sensational Work Blending Heart and Mind
6 October 2005 | by aharmasSee 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.


43 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 45 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed