Duma (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 30, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This is an old-fashioned, richly textured family film that will appeal to children and adults alike.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Enchanting coming-of-age story for kids.

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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News

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

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A pure children's film with an exciting story, genuine characters, and deep messages about life, love, and loss.

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

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

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Mary Lasse
Christianity Today

A handcrafted masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Directors Cat
This hugely emotional film is perfect. It has an absolutely beautiful atmosphere and is rich with beautiful scenery, cinematography and acting talents crossed… More
Michael S
Why has no one seen this?
Leigh Ryan
FANTASTIC! Why don't more people love this movie? Wonderfully done, brilliant soundtrack, beautiful story, superb acting... So freakin' AMAZING!… More
Dannielle Albert
Slightly boring but okay. I really liked the music and the photography of the animals was incredible.
Film Crazy
it was ok not great but ok
Mike T.
An amazing family film that is right up there with Whale Rider in terms of quality. Shamefully overlooked.