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Duma [DVD] [2005]

Alex Michaeletos , Campbell Scott , Charlotte Savage    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alex Michaeletos, Campbell Scott, Mary Makhatho, Nthabiseng Kenoshi, Hope Davis
  • Directors: Charlotte Savage
  • Producers: John Debney, Stacy Cohen, E.K. Gaylord III, Kristin Harms, Hunt Lowry
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVCZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,913 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Drama set in the exotic country of South Africa. The film tells the story of an unbreakable bond of friendship between a cheetah named Duma and an intrepid young boy named Xan (Alexander Michaletos), who faces the true test of love when he must cross the whole of Southern Africa to return his best friend to his rightful home in the wilds. On his journey, Xan learns that everything always changes, but not love.


Xan (Alexander Michaletos) decides to return the cheetah he raised froma cub to the wild instead of allowing pursuers to place it in captivity. Harsh South African landscapes, stalking lions, crocodiles, river rapids and a mysterious drifter (Eamonn Walker) who may intend to turn the big cat in for cash - all will test Xan's courage and resolve.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We are all part of the river of life" 30 May 2006
By A Customer
Viewers will probably we unable to get to the end of the exquisite Duma without having a tear in one's eye. I was a sopping mess most the way through as I watched one of 1995's most stunning movies. Duma opens with some close-ups of adorable cheetah cubs, so instantly you're captivated, but the film is so much more than cute.

Duma is also a fabulous story of the mysteries of human existence, the often-indefinable search for home and the habitual harshness and ruggedness of the animal world. It's a soulful, piercingly beautiful movie, a film of rare beauty as it tells the story about a boy and his cheetah, a boy and his patrimony, and his search to reconnect after calamity befalls him.

Xan (Alexander Michaletos), and Peter his father (Campbell Scott) live on a farm in South Africa. One night after hurtling through the countryside in a vintage sport scar they spot a cub in the center of the highway. After plucking the cub from danger, Xan brings the rescue home, where his mother, Kristin (Hope Davis) tends to the precious little animal.

Encouraged by Peter, Xan domesticates the cat, Duma, who quickly grows into a soccer-playing, motorcycle-racing wonderment. Now named Duma the time soon comes for him to be let back into the wild, After all, what is cute today will become the wild, veracious thing of tomorrow.

However, tragedy strikes before Peter can help Zan set him free, and what follows next is nothing short of astonishing. The boy and the cheetah end up tearing across the desert on Peter's motorcycle (with Duma in the sidecar), treacherously alone. When they run out of fuel and then water, they soon meet a wayfarer named Rip (Eamonn Walker) who comes equipped with a bush baby and an obscure past.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warmth that really gives you a happy feeling 10 Oct 2005
Having seen the Duma trailer at I really wanted to see this film in the cinema. Regretfully WB decided against a wide release. Instead WB released the film almost immediately to DVD. What could I do but pre-order the DVD at I am pleased that I did!
Admitted, born in the seventies I have seen Black Stallion and Fly Away Home and I like both films. The reason that I like these films? I also like to see films with stunning special effects and breathtaking speed. But only films like Duma or Wondrous Oblivion give you a happy feeling and understanding of our world.
Expect a very beautiful shot film and not more dialogue than is needed for the story. What I really like about the film is that it leaves enough space to kindle your imagination. In the film you will not see what is exactly happening to Xan's father or see Xan and Duma leave the city and travel to his parent's old farm to get his father's motorcycle. Not everything has to be told and visualized to understand the story. This is left to your or your child's intelligence and imagination. Duma does not treat people as if they lack imagination. This is what makes it such a fine film to see.
It is a great pity that Duma is difficult to sell for a wide cinema release. However, I dearly hope WB will continue working with directors like Ballard to make great little films that at least after a limited release like DUMA can still be enjoyed by people of all ages on DVD. Better this than no more fine films like Duma at all for us to enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Filmed Exciting Story 11 Aug 2010
I loved this film - I keep it for visiting children, and it seems to be enjoyed most by those over eight.
It is rather sad - but the ending is satisfactory, and the story itself very exciting. All filmed in Southern Africa, and very authentic (I used to live there, so was prepared to be critical.)
The photography is superb, and the cheetah (the main character, really) is just amazingly beautiful and beguiling. The little boy star is an excellent actor, too.
This is one of those films that deserves to be better known - highly recommended.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 8 Dec 2009
The film has some very good filming of nature, but there is also sadness, and danger. The guy that Xan encounters in the desert is very strange, and I was disturbed by what was done to him. Contrary to what the picture on sleeve of the DVD suggests and the rating, I would not recommend this film for young children, if at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are they called Cheetah's 31 Oct 2010
By Les
Great film for young and old alike - perhaps not the very young - hey ho
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storytelling 1 July 2011
Duma is a well written film that manages to combine the "aahh" factor of the baby cheetah that gets adopted, with a storyline and mood that doesn't condescend. There are plenty of serious moments where a real sense of danger is felt, and you aren't quite sure how the story will turn out. It is, put simply, a great story, very well told.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Looking Children's Film 17 Mar 2011
I bought this DVD for my 3 year-old niece who absolutely loved the different animals and the relatively simple storyline.

The grown-ups enjoyed the film as well.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
I readily admit that I am not a big animal lover, but director Carroll Ballard has made a solid example of a movie in which a boy grows up because of his relationship with the animal he loves. There are a lot of these movies: sometimes the boy is a girl, and the animal can be just about anything you want from a traditional pet like a dog or just about any wild or exotic animal that you can name. You can also make the location any place on Earth. With "Duma" we have a story about a young boy whose has made a cheetah his pet, with the setting being South Africa (the northern part in fact). Actually, the location matters more than the animal in this 2005 film, because the boy and the cheetah are joined for most of their journey by somebody else who becomes a key part of their grand adventure.

After the death of its mother, a cheetah cub is found by young Xan (Alex Michaletos) and his father (Campbell Scott). They live on a farm in South Africa and Xan raises the cub, who is eventually named Duma (much is made of finding the right name and the responsibility that comes from such an act). Xan understands that the day will come when Duma will have to return to the wild, but circumstances force their separation much earlier than the boy anticipated. Seeing the only alternative as being the death of Duma, Xan takes his father's motorcycle with its sidecar to get Duma back to the Kalahari Desert. Of course, the journey will not be easy. The immediate bad news is that the motorcycle runs out of case. The good news is that Xan and Duma encounter Ripkuna (Eamonn Walker), who is wandering in the desert trying to find his way home to his own family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see
i absolutly loved this film. really tugged at the heart strings in a few places. a good family film, perfect for a lazy sunday afternoon. enjoyable for all ages. Read more
Published 17 days ago by ANGIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, sweet film!
First saw this film a few years ago with my friend. Me and him used to go and get a tub of chocolate ice cream from the shop and go and sit on his bed and watch films. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss N. L. Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars Duma
Enchanting tale of a boy's love for a wild animal. The kids adored this film which surprised me how much they liked it.
Published 3 months ago by Ms A J Girvan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Bought for my granddaughters not sure if they have watched it yet but am sure that they will enjoy it.
Published 3 months ago by marie curie01
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
Very good film surprised how much i enjoyed it, good story line a bit sad also. other reviews all say the same
Published 5 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent heartwarming tale of a bond between a boy and a cheetah
My daughter got this DVD for Xmas and really loved it. It has a happy ending which you often don't get with this sort of DVD
Published 6 months ago by Jenny Heming
4.0 out of 5 stars Cant wait
I cant wait to watch this movie. I bought it for my mum as a small Christmas present and when we watched the trailer we knew she would love it.
Published 6 months ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Loved by all the grandchildren + grannie too! Fantastic story - worth viewing! I would thoroughly recommend to anyone - all ages.
Published 7 months ago by Elaine Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous story
We have an eight year old girl and a ten year old boy and we all enjoyed this film. It is about a boy who adopts a cheetah cub and the story of him getting the cheetah back into... Read more
Published 13 months ago by KJE
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
My son and husband loved this film it was sad in places but an excellent watch. TheyI loved the cats in it.
Published 14 months ago by Happy Shopper.
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