• G
  • 1h 23m
  • 1989
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They taught him how to play video games. He showed them how to survive! For California teenagers Ted Johnson (Keith Coogan), and his sister Susan, a summer vacation in Africa turns into an incredible adventure and a struggle for survival! With their new friend, Morogo, a Masai tribal boy, they share an amazing, confusing, and funny cross-cultural friendship. Together they find an orphaned cheetah cub, "Duma," and raise her as a pet. But when Duma is stolen by corrupt gamblers, Ted and Susan set out alone across the uncharted wildnerness to find her. Their mission: a daring rescue. Their only ally: Morogo ... if he can find them! CHEETAH is a thrilling adventure about friendship, courage, and survival ... an unforgettable journey that will take you into the very heart of the African wilderness!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Washington Post
Ruth Ford

Cheetah brings to focus the concerns of experts and laymen alike.

June 16, 2017
Common Sense Media
Joly Herman

'80s Disney live-action adventure with few perilous moments.

June 22, 2017
Brian Orndorf

It's an exceedingly simple story using the lure of golden African locations, animal observation, a...

June 21, 2017
Fantastica Daily
Chuck O'Leary

June 21, 2017
Emanuel Levy

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Disney live-action adventure with a few perilous moments.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Disney family adventure from the '80s features some bad guys who capture a beloved cheetah pet, put her in a cage, and starve her. Poachers hang animal skins around their dwellings -- proof of their deadly deeds. Kids are kind-hearted, but make some questionable choices to protect their pet, though everything turns out well in the end.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:August 18, 1989
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
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