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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


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

Duma is five stars +

A very good movie about a boy moving to manhood with the help of his friend duma the cheetah and good solid male roll models. A good adventrure story, a good family story, a good nature story, a good story.

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.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2005

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