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White Lion (2010)

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According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jamie Bartlett ... Richards
John Kani ... Old Gisani
Thabo Malema Thabo Malema ... Young Gisani
A.J. van der Merwe A.J. van der Merwe ... Nicalski
Brendan Grealy Brendan Grealy ... Brooker
Ayrton Loureiro Ayrton Loureiro ... Camping Son
David Clatworthy David Clatworthy ... Camping Dad
Jennifer Steyn Jennifer Steyn ... Camping Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Kennett Jason Kennett
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According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is miraculously born into that valley, a young Shangaan named Gisani, finds himself destined to protect this rare and magnificent creature at all costs. This young lion, whom will be known as Letsatsi, is cast from his pride and forced to embark upon a perilous journey of survival. Close to starvation, Letsatsi befriends Nkulu, an older lion and together they learn how to survive in the harsh African wilderness. Gisani, who is watching over Letsatsi, takes a job as a tracker with a local hunter, who has his sights set on leading the hunt for this rare and magnificent white lion. Gisani, guided by fate, believes that he must find a way to prevent this tragedy from happening. When Nkulu is killed by a farmer, Letsatsi is forced once again to survive on his own. After many trials and tribulations he finally ...

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Home is a Journey

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some mild action and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2010 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Der weiße Löwe See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Budget:

ZAR40,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,635
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Peru Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The grownup white lion is a lion named Thor. Thor died, ironically, when struck by lightning on 5 December 2013. Thor lived his life at the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa. Kevin Richardson also being the producer of this movie. See more »

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Referenced in Take the Tower: Episode #1.6 (2018) See more »

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A Noble Failure....
5 May 2010 | by sandtonvideoSee all my reviews

WHITE LION 4.8/10 rated PG runtime 90 minutes A labor of love shot over the course of several years, this is, unfortunately, a noble failure. The movie is built around the incredible rapport that Kevin Richardson (the producer) has with animals, particularly lions. This makes for scenes and camera shots that would have been difficult if not impossible for others to do. The problem with the movie is that it is dreadfully slow and somewhat clichéd as well. Gorgeous scenery is offset by continuity problems with the featured lions, who change in appearance markedly between shots, and a stodgy, uninspired film score adds to the woes. John Kani, who is a revered actor in South Africa, narrates the story in a soporific style that underlines the dragging pace of the movie as a whole.

When one thinks of Jean-Jacques Annaud's film The Bear, which is also a story of a young animal fighting for survival, one realizes just how far White Lion was from being the movie that this investment of time and effort deserved. If you do happen to watch this movie on DVD, though, make sure to check the special features: the sight of Kevin playing with his lion friends is just awe-inspiring, and the obvious affection that the lions have for him touching.


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