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Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
"Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey" (original title)

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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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Bob Campbell
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Roz Carr
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Iain Cuthbertson ...
Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov ...
Van Veeten
Waigwa Wachira ...
Mukara
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Brendan
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Larry
Maggie O'Neill ...
Kim
Konga Mbandu ...
Rushemba
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Howard Dowd
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Peter Nduati ...
Batwa chief
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>

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23 September 1988 (USA)  »

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Gorillas in the Mist  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$24,720,479 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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

Sembagare: They think you are a witch.
Dian Fossey: They wouldn't be the first.
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THE ENVIRONMENTAL WARS
25 November 2004 | by (Santiago de Chile (South Am.)) – See all my reviews

ON New Year's Day 1978, a researcher on patrol in Rwanda's Park of the Volcanoes found the mutilated body of a male gorilla in the forest undergrowth. It was a gruesome sight. The body had multiple stab wounds from spear thrusts, and had been grossly mutilated. Like the victim of some bizarre torso murderer, the young silverback gorilla's head and both its hands had been savagely hacked off and carried away.

That event made headlines all over the world, because the gorilla was called Digit, a name given by the dedicated American scientist, Dian Fossey. She had known Digit since birth, 10 years before.

This fact would be the inspiration for the film "Gorillas in the mist: the story of Dian Fossey.

(Source: "The Environmental Wars" by David Day, a Greenpeace member).


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