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Duma (2005)

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

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Carroll Ballard

Writers:

Carol Cawthra Hopcraft (book), Xan Hopcraft (book) | 4 more credits »
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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
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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

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Some friendships are wilder than others.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild adventure peril | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: That is a place of many teeth, my friend.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

When You're Falling
Written by Simon Emmerson (as Emmerson), James McNally (as McNally), Iarla O'Lionaird (as O'Lionaird),
Martin Russell (as Russell)
Performed by Afro Celt Sound System (as The Afro Celt Sound System) with Peter Gabriel
Co-Produced by Stephen Hague
The Afro Celt Sound System appear Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd./Virgin Records Ltd.
Peter Gabriel Appears Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd./Virgin Records Ltd.
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A fresh touch of poetry
6 August 2005 | by mendhakSee all my reviews

Being used to today's explosion-filled, fast-paced movies being churned out on a weekly basis for the sake of selling tickets, Duma is what I'd like to say a slap in the face for all of us who get excited over the mediocrity that has brought out "The Interpreter," "Stealth," and what else is playing now...? A movie that I would definitely recommend for an entire family to watch together, there's nothing in here that would make you want to cover your kids' eyes or ears up at anytime. Instead you'd want for them, and for yourself, to sit up and pay attention to this smooth, smart movie.

Don't wait for any explosions. There is a story being told in this movie, and its being told with a fresh touch of poetry which I haven't seen in a long time.

I gave this movie an 8/10 because of one reason: Although the movie is set in Africa, its really hard to tell until halfway through the movie. In fact, the place looked whiter than Little Rock, Arkansas! But it got an 8/10 because of the story, the storytelling, and the smooth pace at which the movie flows.


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