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Full Screen Edition
Actors: Alex Michaeletos, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Mary Makhatho, Nthabiseng Kenoshi
Director: Carroll Ballard
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion, Fly Away Home) directs the exciting story of 12-year-old Xan (Alexander Michaletos), who decides to return the cheetah he raised from a cub to the wild instead of allowing pursuers to p... more »
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Priscilla P. (HappyReedR)
Reviewed on 1/16/2011...
I enjoyed this alot. Great family movie about love, loss and family ties. It has brief moments of suspense (great for children over 5 or 6). Duma the cheetah is absolutely wonderful and cuddlely. The movie is lighthearted on some heavy subjects. I almost hate to swap it.
Elisabeth L. from RALEIGH, NC
Reviewed on 7/17/2010...
Great movie! The kids love it and it's actually one I can stand to watch over and over with them. Coming-of-age story about a boy who loses his father and learns what it is to truly love something enough to let it go.
Roberta H. (Robin1) from NEWMARKET, NH
Reviewed on 4/19/2009...
Very enjoyable heart warming family movie. May not hold the interest of very small children (depending on the child) but is a good view for school age and up. Loved it!
WOW STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING
Robin Simmons | Palm Springs area, CA United States | 05/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This exquisite little love story about a boy and a cheetah was poorly advertised when it was in theaters. It came and went and was overlooked by audiences. It deserves rediscovery on DVD. It is that rare thing, a true family film that is not insulting to kids or adults.
There is a fierce beauty to many of the scenes and close ups of the cheetah's face convey a kind of intelligence and dignity rarely seen on the screen or anywhere, for that matter.
The story is simple and remains true to the spirirt of the book. The screenplay adaptation is lean. But it is the extraordinary look of the movie that lingers in the mind. It casts a spell. As does the regal grace of the cheetah.
This simple story has no profound revelations, but it is not a waste of time and, without going into detail, I found the acting, locations, cinematography, music, and especially the directing to be of the highest order.
I highly recommend this wonderful little gem of a film."
Another family-friendly, engaging film from the director of
The Campbells | CA United States | 10/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My son "made" us see this movie, and we're so glad we did! Although there are some parallels to Fly Away Home (orphaned critters) and the Black Stallion (marooned far away from civilization), the story is completely different--somewhat predictable, but nevertheless pleasant to watch. Probably no Oscars for acting here, but definitely worth our time."
No violence, no sex, yet plenty of drama
Bob Drake | Bronx, NY United States | 05/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Alex Michaeletos, a South African, was selected over many other boys as Xan, despite casting calls around the world, because he had a pet cheetah himself, and went up to the animal he would be co-starring with and introduced himself by ruffling the cheetah's fur. Most potential Xans were too scared of the beast to approach it. It is this comfort level between Alex/Xan and Duma that makes the film believable, and Alex's slight Afrikaans accent just heightens the realism.
The fictional plot is a bit contrived, but the film takes you in unexpectedly interesting directions through amazing landscapes. Carroll Ballard directed Never Cry Wolf as well as Fly Away Home and deserved better with Duma. Warner should have released the film in more places than Chicago and New York. Test marketing in the Southwest was not very successful. Why not the Midwest?
There is nothing in the film to date it. I expect Duma to be enjoyed by families for years to come."