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Cheetah (1989)

An American boy and girl, spending six months in Kenya with their scientist parents adopt a cheetah, only to realize that they must set it loose so that it can learn to hunt and be free. ... See full summary »


Jeff Blyth


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Coogan ... Ted
Lucy Deakins ... Susan
Colin Mothupi Colin Mothupi ... Morogo
Timothy Landfield ... Earl Johnson
Breon Gorman Breon Gorman ... Jean Johnson
Ka Vundla Ka Vundla ... Kipoin
Lydia Kigada Lydia Kigada ... Lani
Kuldeep Bhakoo Kuldeep Bhakoo ... Patel
Paul Onsongo Paul Onsongo ... Abdullah
Anthony Baird Anthony Baird ... Nigel
Rory McGuinness Rory McGuinness ... Larry
Rod Jacobsen Rod Jacobsen ... David
David Adido David Adido ... Mwangi
Konga Mbandu Konga Mbandu ... Police Captain
Martin Okello Martin Okello ... Friendly Policeman


An American boy and girl, spending six months in Kenya with their scientist parents adopt a cheetah, only to realize that they must set it loose so that it can learn to hunt and be free. However, when the animal is captured by poachers planning to race it against greyhounds, the two city kids, together with a young African goat herder they befriended, head off into the wild to rescue the cheetah. Written by David Mullich <dmullich@aol.com>

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Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheetah & The Hare See more »

Filming Locations:

Nairobi, Kenya See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,636,118, 20 August 1989

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1.85 : 1
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The phrase "Hakuna matata" which is heard on a radio in the form of a song. It became very famous when Disney released The Lion King (1994) five years later. See more »


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Coogan in Africa
18 January 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Los Angeles teenager Keith Coogan (as Ted Johnson) and pretty sister Lucy Deakins (as Susan) go to live in Kenya for six months. They befriend local goat-herder Colin Mothupi (as Morogo) and adopt a young cheetah after its mother is killed by poachers. Animals in captivity don't learn to hunt properly, and are therefore not easy to return to the wild. When it's time to leave, Mr. Coogan tries to teach "Cheetah" to hunt, but the cat hasn't a clue. Since this seems to be a relatively free-to-roam "outside" cat, you have to wonder if something else is wrong - but, probably, we're just supposed to go with the flow. Also strange is how Coogan and Ms. Deakins share a bedroom - but they seem mature enough to work out any awkwardness. Things get really hairy when poachers target "Cheetah" at the same time Coogan and company are scheduled to leave the continent. The story is far too simple, but the cast is likable and the African locations are very beautiful.

****** Cheetah (8/18/89) Jeff Blyth ~ Keith Coogan, Lucy Deakins, Colin Mothupi, Timothy Landfield

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