• Duma (2005)


Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: May 16th, 2006

PG |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

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: Alex Michaeletos, Eamonn Walker, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Mary Makhatho, Nthabiseng Kenoshi, Jennifer Steyn, Nicky Rebello

Director: Carroll Ballard

Genres: Children , Adventure

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: Heartwarming, Family, Growing up, Inspiring, 2000s, Friendship, Mother, Father

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    An astonishing film. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A newcomer to film, Michaletos grew up on a farm with cheetahs, so he can act natural around the animals while making this Huck Finn-like character more than credible. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Duma, at its best, reminded me exactly why we loved movies as children: because they told stories like this, with images just as rhapsodically colorful and exciting. show more

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