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I'm looking for the name of a movie or 2-part miniseries with the following plot ingredients:

  • white boy is found by an African tribe (with red clothes) (pretty sure)
  • I'm uncertain whether the mother was killed or the boy was abandoned as a kid
  • boy grows up but during some fight with local kids is left for dead on the savannah (pretty sure)
  • boy kills leopard and wears skin (pretty sure)
  • boy is adopted by another tribe (with blue clothes)
  • there is a scene were the boy has to grab a snake from a basket as an acceptance test by the new tribe (pretty sure)
  • new tribe and old tribe go to war (somewhat sure)

I saw this movie in the early 80s (definitely pre-1986) on Dutch TV, but I'm guessing it could have been made as early as the early 70s. Pretty sure it was not Dutch language, though I can't remember any dialogue. My guess is that it's a South African production.

After doing some more research, it seems that the movie I'm looking for is a cross between Shaka Zulu (which I didn't see until many years after it came out), The John Ross Story: An African Adventure (came out in 1987, never seen, 13-part series) and Sheena (which I haven't seen).

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Sounds like the Italian\German mini-series Orzowei, il figlio della savana (Orzowei, Son of the Savannah) from 1977 based on the book Orzowei from 1955 about a white boy abandoned in a South African jungle and adopted by a Swazi tribe. You can see the boy killing a cheetah and then wearing its skin (as well as the red tribal clothes) here:

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+1 and accepted. How did you find this so quickly? – TemplateRex Aug 7 '14 at 10:40
The plot is pretty distinct (and your description was very thorough), so it wasn't hard. Glad you found it! – Walt Aug 7 '14 at 11:45
I meant: did you search your own memory, or did you use some magic search terms in IMDB/wiki/google? – TemplateRex Aug 7 '14 at 12:13
Google. Like you, I was familiar with similar plots, but I don't think I saw this mini-series before. – Walt Aug 7 '14 at 12:59

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