White Lion (2010)





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Destiny brings together a young lion and a young man in this drama from South African filmmaker Michael Swan. According to the legends of the Shangaan people of Africa, white lions are sacred creatures favored by the gods, and they're seen so rarely in the wild that when one is discovered, a Shangaan will be assigned to protect it. When a white lion cub is born near a Shangaan village, the other animals aren't sure what to make of the creature; the young lion named Letsatsi is rejected by its pride and must strike out on its own. Gisani (Thabo Malema), a Shangaan tribesman, learns that the white lion has left the wilds near his village and he follows Letsatsi to make sure the animal is safe and protect it from predators. An older lion named Nkulu makes friends with Letsatsi and shows the younger cat how to survive in the wild; meanwhile, Gisani takes a job as a hunting guide to support himself while staying in the wilds and keeping an eye on Letsatsi. However, when Nkulu is shot to death by a farmer and Letsatsi is targeted by one of Gisani's clients, the young warrior must take dramatic action to save the sacred lion. White Lion received its North American premiere at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG (for some mild action and brief smoking)
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family
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John Kani
as Storyteller
Thabo Malema
as Gisani/Tracker
A.J. Van Der Merwe
as Trophy Hunter
Jamie Bartlett
as Professional Hunter
Ayrton Loureiro
as Camping Son
David Clatworthy
as Camping Dad
Jennifer Steyn
as Camping Mother
Tebogo Selepe
as Campfire Child
Thabiso Bokaba
as Campfire Child
Tina Leopeng
as Campfire Child
Sihle Muyanga
as Campfire Child
Lauren Das Neves
as Campfire Child
Shahzaad Khan
as Campfire Child
Alexander Foxton
as Campfire Child
Luckson Moyo
as Farm Hand
Rodney Nombekana
as Gisani Stunt Double
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Critic Reviews for White Lion

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Like the quasi-docs Duma, The Bear and Two Brothers, this adventure story about an albino lion both entertains and informs, albeit in modest measure.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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One wonders whether this nicely photographed carnivore yarn has enough teeth to entice fans away from the free beastly behavior available on Animal Planet and the National Geographic Channel.

Full Review… | October 16, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for White Lion


"White Lion" whilst a beautiful looking movie with some extraordinary footage of wildlife struggles when it comes to telling an interesting story.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Like the quasi-docs Duma, The Bear and Two Brothers, this adventure story about an albino lion both entertains and informs, albeit in modest measure.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

If you are overly sensitive or have small children, I do not recommend this film. There are times at which it is thoroughly depressing. Realistic, I suppose, but depressing nonetheless. This actually plays more like a nature show than a movie, and is a bit too preachy, but the footage is beautiful. That alone makes this worth seeing.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

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