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This is an old-fashioned, richly textured family film that will appeal to children and adults alike.



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When 10-old Xan and his father Peter come across an orphaned cheetah cub, they name their new friend "Duma," the Swahili name for cheetah, and he quickly becomes a member of the family. But, when Duma is almost fully grown, to Xan's dismay, his father tells him that it's time to take his friend to his real home before he grows too old to survive in his native habitat. Xan reluctantly agrees, but their plans must be put on hold when his father suddenly falls ill and Xan and his mother must move to Johannesburg. When Duma escapes and pays a disastrous visit to Xan's school, the two of them must flee the city to keep Duma from being put into captivity. Not knowing where to go, Xan gets an idea -- he'll carry out the plan his dad had outlined, taking Duma home to a safe and lush place hundreds of miles across South Africa, over the scorching Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, through the Okavango Delta and into the Erongo Mountains. Entering the lush jungles of the Okavango Delta, Xan finds himself surrounded by danger -- lions, crocodiles and deadly poisonous creatures. But it's far too late to turn back now as Xan faces the true test of love, attempting to cross the wilds to return his best friend to his rightful home.


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  • Nov 02, 2011
    This hugely emotional film is perfect. It has an absolutely beautiful atmosphere and is rich with beautiful scenery, cinematography and acting talents crossed with strong, heartwarming and absolutely cherishable emotional depth. It has some of the best child acting i've ever seen in the history of my time deeply involved in my interest of films and is a modern classic that flows smoothly with a perfect script variety of darkness, brightness, humour and scares. But most amazingly for a film of the newest generation, Duma has a classic feel to it and is not afraid to be to smart for its own good.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2011
    A great family film about an orphaned cheetah and a brave and courageous boy Xan who takes him in a raises it and goes on an incredible, thrilling journey to bring him back to the wild. For his first movie I think that young actor Alexander Michaeletos is a natural in front of the camera and has tremendous chemistry with the cheetah making the fantastic story all the more real, effective and touching. I haven't seen a family film this intelligent and brave in a long time and I'm shocked that this didn't get a wide theatrical release because it pure quality of a picture with amazing south africa landscapes that would of been great to see on the big screen. This inspiring, emotionally involving journey has so much charm, loyalty, free spirit, adventure, intellect, wonder that any age will enjoy it and I can't believe how well trained these animals are in this movie it's astonishing. Overall if you like the movie Born Free you will absolutely love this diamond in the rough family adventure rare gem. Highly recommended.
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    Not my kind of movie but it was really beautiful and a very interesting story. Great for all ages.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2008
    it was ok not great but ok
    Film C Super Reviewer

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