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Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 7 October 1988 (USA)
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The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

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Michael Apted

Writers:

Harold T.P. Hayes (article), Dian Fossey (work) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Dian Fossey
Bryan Brown ... Bob Campbell
Julie Harris ... Roz Carr
John Omirah Miluwi ... Sembagare
Iain Cuthbertson ... Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov Constantin Alexandrov ... Claude Van Veeten
Waigwa Wachira Waigwa Wachira ... Mukara
Iain Glen ... Brendan
David Lansbury ... Larry
Maggie O'Neill ... Kim
Konga Mbandu Konga Mbandu ... Rushemba
Michael J. Reynolds ... Howard Dowd
Gordon Masten ... Photographer
Peter Nduati Peter Nduati ... Batwa chief
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Mme. Van Vecten
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Storyline

Sigourney Weaver stars as Dian Fossey, in this true story about Fossey's study of gorillas, and her efforts to stop the decimation of the endangered apes. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They were beautiful See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorillas in the Mist See more »

Filming Locations:

Zaire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$366,925, 25 September 1988

Gross USA:

$24,720,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,149,479
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The rap group Da Lench Mob named their 1992 debut album, "Guerillas in tha Mist." See more »

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In the scenes where Dian drives from the town to the mountains in a land rover, the vehicle used is Series III Land Rover, which first went into production in 1972, in 1966 the Series II was the production Land Rover, and sported a wire grill, and inset headlights, as opposed to the III's plastic grill, and lights in wings, as in the film. See more »

Quotes

Dian Fossey: How big are these night nests?
Sembagare: I don't know.
Dian Fossey: You mean you've forgotten.
Sembagare: How can I forget? I never knew.
Dian Fossey: Night nests, Sembagare. George Schaller's book says we count the gorillas' night nests to get the census.
Sembagare: I don't know about gorillas.
Dian Fossey: Of course you do. You're a tracker.
Sembagare: Yes, of buffalo, antelope and elephant.
Dian Fossey: What? Hey! Hey! That's great. That's just great.
Dian Fossey: What the hell have you been doing for the last five hours?
[...]
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A wonderful portrayal of one woman's dream
10 January 2001 | by GilraenEstelSee all my reviews

Who was Dian Fossey? Enviromental enthusiast? Insane eco-warrior? Or both?

Gorillas In The Mist is the story of this extraordinary woman whose work with Mountain Gorillas in Congo, and subsequently Rwanda, quite possibly saved these beautiful creatures from extinction. Her hard work and determination in studying these wonderful animals led to an amazing living arrangement with them.

How simply amazing must it be to touch, play and hold hands with a silverback Gorilla in the wilds of Africa? How would it feel to find that same silverback with his head, hands and feet cut off by poachers? To be frank, these gorillas were Dian Fossey's children - each had a name, each had their own unique trait - so it is hardly surprising that she became a little possessive and started treating the animals as her own. The horrors that she experienced on those mountains would send anyone mad.

Sigourney Weaver is simply superb as Fossey, portraying her hard work and gradual decline into insanity with that touch that only a few actresses possess. Her chemistry with co-star Bryan Brown adds to the feel of the film and the fact that she was brave enough to go anywhere near real gorillas is fascinating. To be fair, the two hours do drag a little, but Weaver is talented enough to carry the film through it.

Weaver once said "I only get the parts that Meryl [Streep] passes up" but to be honest, I couldn't imagine this brilliant woman being played by anyone else but Sigourney.


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