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Duma (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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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Hope Davis
as Kristin
Jennifer Steyn
as Aunt Gwen
Nicky Rebelo
as Coach Nagy
Garth Renecle
as Hock Bender
Andre Stolz
as Xan's Teacher
Charlotte Savage
as Poetry Student
Ronald Shange
as Policeman
Nadia Kretschmer
as Tourist #1
John Whiteley
as Tourist #2
Clive Scott
as Tourist #3
Catriona Andrew
as Tourist #4
Errol Ballantine
as White Haired Doctor
Michele Levin
as Doctor's Wife
Sam Nagakane
as Old Man In Village
Adelaide Shabalala
as Medicine Woman
Thokozani Ndaba
as Rip's Wife
Wright Ngubane
as Rip's Son
Bernard Msimang
as Rip's Father
Ivy Nkutha
as Rip's Mother
as Duma
Billy Shebar
as Young Duma
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Critic Reviews for Duma

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (28)

It's a crime what happened to the wonderful African wilderness movie Duma in 2005. Beautifully directed by veteran Carroll Ballard, Duma fell flat in the United States because of bad timing and abysmal marketing.

February 8, 2008 | Full Review…

For those wishing they still made films like The Black Stallion, today is your lucky day.

March 31, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Visually panoramic, a film that revels in making the expanse of a beautiful place palpable.

March 30, 2006 | Full Review…

Too suspenseful for the youngest children, but for anyone older than 8 or 9, it evokes nothing less than awe at the harsh beauty of the natural world.

March 18, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With ravenous alligators and lions on the prowl, Duma delivers familiar adventure, but Ballard refuses to cater to cuteness.

March 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like its title character, Duma has been left to fend for itself by Warner Bros., which is barely releasing it. A successful showing this weekend will prove that there really is an audience for this brand of thoughtful, literate family film.

March 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Duma

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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FANTASTIC! Why don't more people love this movie? Wonderfully done, brilliant soundtrack, beautiful story, superb acting... So freakin' AMAZING! Everyone should see this cute little film.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

it was ok not great but ok

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