Duma 2005

Duma

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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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Xan (Alexander Michaletos) lives on a ranch in Kenya with his mother (Hope Davis) and father (Campbell Scott). When the family stumbles upon an abandoned baby cheetah one afternoon, Xan takes the cub in and begins to care for it as if it were his own. Over time, Xan grows incredibly attached to the cheetah, which the family names Duma. But some relationships cannot last, and in this case, Xan must learn the hard lesson that not all animals are meant to be domesticated.

Cast & Crew

Nicky Rebello
Coach Nagy
Garth Renecle
Hock Bender
Doug Claybourne
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Stacy Cohen
Executive Producer
E.K. Gaylord II
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Werner Maritz
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Carrie Hilton
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Critic Reviews for Duma

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (4)

Audience Reviews for Duma

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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