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Mia and the White Lion (2018)

Mia et le lion blanc (original title)
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A young girl from London moves to Africa with her parents where she befriends a lion cub.

Director:

Gilles de Maistre

Writers:

Prune de Maistre (screenplay), William Davies (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniah De Villiers ... Mia Owen
Mélanie Laurent ... Alice Owen
Langley Kirkwood ... John Owen
Ryan Mac Lennan Ryan Mac Lennan ... Mick Owen
Thor Thor ... Charlie
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ... Kevin
Lillian Dube Lillian Dube ... Jodie
Brandon Auret ... Dirk
Elvis Elvis ... Trevor (as Elvis the Meerkat)
Benjamin Garrad Benjamin Garrad ... Daniel
Andrew Stock Andrew Stock ... Theuns
Lebohang Elephant Lebohang Elephant ... Piet
Jurgen Hellberg ... Dirk's Hunter (as Jürgen Hellberg)
Tessa Jubber ... Enclosure Hunter
Ashleigh Harvey Ashleigh Harvey ... School Teacher
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Storyline

Mia is 11 years old when she develops an extraordinary relationship with Charlie, a young white lion born in Mia's parents farm, in South Africa. During three years, they will grow up together and live a beautiful friendship. When Mia reaches the age of 14 and that Charlie has become a magnificent adult lion, she discovers the unbearable truth: her father has decided to sell the lion to trophy hunters. Desperate, Mia has no other choice than to escape with Charlie in order to rescue him. Written by Hugo Van Herpe

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Friendship is the Wildest Adventure of All


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, peril and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

If the bet to spin with a lion seems crazy, the team was obviously extremely prepared. Ryan McLennan, who plays the brother of Mia, has actually served as a lining in case the actress Daniah De Villiers is afraid. See more »

Goofs

Several times during the movie, there is a close-up of the white lion who seems to be purring. Lions do not purr. They can roar, which smaller cats cannot. The largest cat that can both "meow" and purr is the cougar, or panther. Lions cannot purr. See more »

Quotes

[John explains to Mia why it is dangerous to play with Charlie]
John Owen: For now, he's a cub, and you want to have fun with it. Soon, he'll just want to kill you. Go past this fence, and any one of these lions will tear you to pieces in five seconds flat. It doesn't matter if you've fed them, or bathed them or cuddled them, or if you're name is Mia or Kevin or Obi-Wan Kenobi... a wild animal is a wild animal, and you can never change that, no matter what you do.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Written by Solomon Linda, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss and Albert Stanton
Performed by Kids United Nouvelle Génération
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User Reviews

Cute I guess, but too kitschy.
8 February 2019 | by CitizenDeviSee all my reviews

Saw this with my mom 'cause she really wanted to see it and it was her birthday. And she likes it quite a bit, and I at least don't regret having seen it.

But it is incredibly kitschy, manipulative and nothing new. The message though, it mostly gets across, and I agree with it of course. I don't at all hate the flick, but it's too much of a standard family movie.

Gotta add as well that it was fun and incredible to see that lion grow up, I won't lie, that got me a little emotional here and there. Beautiful animal. And btw. if any kid got inspired by this film, it did something right in the end.


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Country:

France | Germany | South Africa

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mia and the White Lion See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,816, 14 April 2019

Gross USA:

$399,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,906,887
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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