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Summary: "Three and a half astonishing film" (Roger Ebert). A boy and his pet cheetah wind up on an amazing adventure after they get lost in the forbidding desert in this family tale. Based on a true story, the film chronicles the adventure of 12-year-old Xan and his cheetah Duma as they become hopelessly lost in the Kalahari desert without enough food or water to survive. Joined by another lost traveler who seems to have his own agenda, Xan and Duma undertake a journey that includes using their broken-down motorcycle as a wind-powered craft. Starring Alex Michaletos, Eamonn Walker, Campbell Scott and Hope Davis. Directed by Carroll Ballard, whose other inspiring animal-themed films include "The Black Stallion," "Fly Away Home" and "Never Cry Wolf." Written by Karen Janszen, Mark St. Germain; story by Carol Flint, Karen Janszen; based on the book "How It Was With Dooms" by Carol Cawthra Hopcraft and Xan Hopcraft. (PG) (MV)

PRODUCER : John Wells,Hunt Lowry,E.K. Gaylord II,Kristin Harms,Stacy Cohen,Doug Claybourne

CAST : Alexander Michaletos,Eamonn Walker,Campbell Scott,Hope Davis

WRITER : Karen Janszen,Mark St. Germain,Carol Flint,Karen Janszen,Carol Cawthra Hopcraft,Xan Hopcraft

DIRECTOR : Carroll Ballard

Genre : Drama