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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 »


Michael Swan
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Credited cast:
Jamie Bartlett 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


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 ... Written by Anonymous

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Home is a Journey


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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South Africa



Release Date:

19 February 2010 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Der weiße Löwe See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa


Box Office


ZAR 40,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Peru Productions See more »
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Take the Tower: Episode #1.5 (2018) See more »

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Would Have Been Good Without the Narrator
8 January 2013 | by gerd86See all my reviews

I eagerly awaited the arrival of the DVD, so I could watch the movie Kevin Richardson had been talking about in a documentary. I thought: this will be great.

Indeed, some of the shots were magnificent. They would have been great in a documentary. However, the narrator of this film speaks in such a soporific tone I found the whole movie extremely boring. If they would have chosen a different narrator, or would not have let the narrator tell the whole story, but instead would have let the characters actually play more of the story than only the last 20 minutes, this whole movie could have been so much better, and they wouldn't have had to try and make it look exciting by letting the children react certain ways. These reactions were not very convincing, by the way, nor is any of the acting, which is of elementary school level. The music is fine, but seems like a waste, since the movie is so stodgy.

After 70 minutes, it feels like the introduction is still going on and the story still has to start. Still, hardly any connection has been made between the two main characters, Gisani and Letsatsi. Finally, the narrator shuts up at times, which means the movie starts to show some progression. Still, it stays rather boring.

In the end, this movie will not make anyone enthusiastic for saving the lion or any wildlife. It will only make people think wildlife is boring.

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