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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 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. Join him in this tale of growing up and letting go. It's a journey you won't want to miss.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 60
- Fresh: 56
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This soulful, piercingly beautiful story about a boy and his cheetah marks the welcome return to the screen of the director Carroll Ballard.
Fresh: Carroll Ballard still works in his ravishing, nearly pointillistic style of organic visual splendor.
Fresh: Unlike many lesser movies aimed at families, this has heart, humor, thrilling adventure and stunning visuals.
Fresh: Simultaneously innocent and sophisticated, this honestly emotional fable shows why every Ballard film -- and his last was released almost a decade ago -- is a special event.
alright. so me and my 7th grd. class watched this movie on a half day. and at first everyone was like, "duma? whats dumaa?" and naturally people made fun of itt. even i giggled. but after i watched it. i was speechless. i LOVED it. its such a good movie. i watch it all the time on my ipod. and im asking for it in my stocking for christmas! and for you guys who dont celebrate christmas, i didnt mean like anything at all like xmas is better, i was just saying, i want it for xmas. alright. i just wanted to let you guys know, TOTALLY buy this!. youll LAH-OHVVE itt . <3 -caitlin <333 :] <333
Last 3 min cut off
Great movie! But the iTunes rental freezes at the end so we couldn't view the last 3-5 min.
We rented this from the library not expecting too much from it, but found it to be quite an amazing movie. If you want a story that has a good message, if you like the aspect of a relationship between a cheetah and a boy, and if you enjoy a movie with an upredictable ending then this is a movie for you. We fell in love with it and now we own it.
- Genre: Kids & Family
- Released: 2005
- © 2005 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Gaylord Films LLC.