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Carroll Ballard

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 57
  • 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. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Carroll Ballard still works in his ravishing, nearly pointillistic style of organic visual splendor. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Unlike many lesser movies aimed at families, this has heart, humor, thrilling adventure and stunning visuals. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

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. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

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Customer Reviews


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.


I thought this was the most awesome movie in the world okay maybe not the but it was great escpecially because there are many twists and tons of action that any kind of person would enjoy such as, kids, adults, seniors, heck even your pet so you should rent or even buy this amazing movie


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

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2005

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