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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Campbell
Roz Carr
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov ...
Claude Van Veeten
Waigwa Wachira ...
Konga Mbandu ...
Howard Dowd
Peter Nduati ...
Batwa chief
Helen Fraser ...
Mme. Van Vecten


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>

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At the far ends of the earth she found a reason to live, and a cause to fight for. See more »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gorillas in the Mist  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$24,720,479 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sembagare (John Omirah Miluwi), is based on Rosamund Carr's former house boy Sembagare Munyamboneza who set up the Imbabazi orphanage with her in 1994 after the Rwandan Genocide. See more »


When Fossey's plane lands in Africa, the tires screech when they touch the runway. However, it's a grassy runway, so this is impossible. See more »


Bob Campbell: The tub's for me. A daily scalding might just make this climate bearable.
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Referenced in Celebrity Big Brother: Day 1 (2012) See more »


Written by Maceo Pinkard & Sidney D. Mitchell & Edna Alexander
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Was emotionally stirring, and inspiring.
25 June 2001 | by (United States, Midwest) – See all my reviews

This movie was emotionally stirring, and inspiring. This movie is about someone very brave who saw a terrible problem and tried to do something about it. Not just fussed about it, but actually DID something. The movie is hard for a tender hearted person to take sometimes, but it will inspire you to get out there and make a difference. I had tears streaming down my face the first time I watched...and the second and third time too. There should be many more movies like this made.

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