Cheetah (1989 film)

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Cheetah film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jeff Blyth
Produced by Roy E. Disney
Laurenece Mark
John Baldecchi (co-producer)
Written by Erik Tarloff
Alan Caillou (novel)
Music by Bruce Rowland
Cinematography Thomas Burstyn
Edited by Eric Albertson
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
August 18, 1989 (1989-08-18)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $8,153,677 (United States)

Cheetah is a 1989 live-action film from Walt Disney Pictures starring Keith Coogan and Lucy Deakins. This motion picture was based on Alan Caillou's novel The Cheetahs. It was shot in Nairobi, Kenya. This motion picture features the phrase "Hakuna matata" which became famous when Disney released The Lion King five years later.

Plot summary[edit]

An American boy and girl, spending six months in Kenya with their scientist parents, adopt a female cheetah they call Duma, only to realize that they must set her free so that she can learn to hunt and be free. However, when she is captured by poachers planning to race her against greyhounds, the two city kids, together with a young African goat herder they befriended, head off into the wild to rescue her.


  • Keith Coogan as Ted Johnson
  • Lucy Deakins as Susan Johnson
  • Colin Mothupi as Morogo
  • Timothy Landfield as Earl Johnson
  • Breon Gorman as Jean Johnson
  • Mhlangabezi Ka Vundla as Kipoin
  • Lydia Kigada as Lani
  • Kuldeep Bhakoo as Patel
  • Paul Onsongo as Abdallah
  • Anthony Baird as Nigel
  • Rory McGuinness as Larry
  • Rod Jacobsen as David
  • David Adido as Mwangi
  • Richard Clarke as Announcer (voice)
  • Michael Rogers as Voice of Racetrack Policeman

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