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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Photographer
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In a land of beauty, wonder and danger, she would follow a dream, fall in love and risk her life to save the mountain gorillas from extinction. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gorillas in the Mist  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$24,720,479 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Lange turned down the lead role. See more »

Goofs

Diane did not try to convince Leakey to send her to Africa, nor did she volunteer to remove her appendix, quite the opposite: In 1966, Leakey contacted Fossey and urged her to study gorillas in the wild as an experiment. At first Fossey was reluctant citing her lack of experience, but eventually agreed upon further coercion. To test her enthusiasm Leakey asked Fossey to have her appendix removed in the pretense of health measures which she then did. See more »

Quotes

Dian Fossey: You mean we go now?
Dr. Louis Leakey: Yes, to make it by sundown.
Dian Fossey: Dr Leakey, I just spent 35 hours on 4 different airplanes. I should at least take a shower.
Dr. Louis Leakey: No one will mind dear.
Dr. Louis Leakey: There. I've put something in there for you.
Dian Fossey: Thank you, that's very nice of you. You forgot the rest of my luggage.
Dr. Louis Leakey: No room. They'll be sent up next fortnight with the rest of the gear.
Dian Fossey: Now wait a minute! I quit my job, left my fiancé, to say nothing of my appendix and flew halfway around the world. Those cases contain my hairdryer, my...
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Soundtracks

It's A Good Day
Written by Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records Inc. Special Markets
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Excellent.
18 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

A beautiful film exploring the life quest of an important 20th century scientist. The cinematography was excellent and the script and music enjoyable. One of Sigourney Weaver's best performances. This was the first feature film to use real gorillas.


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