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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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Bob Campbell
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Roz Carr
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Iain Cuthbertson ...
Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov ...
Claude Van Veeten
Waigwa Wachira ...
Mukara
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Brendan
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Larry
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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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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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She left everything she knew and entered a world few have ever seen. To save a wonderous creature from the cruelty of men, she went further than anyone dared. Some say she went too far. See more »

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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,720,479 (USA)
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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: 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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September in the Rain
Written by Harry Warren & Al Dubin
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Ray Avery's Jazz Archives
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A story of survival, heart break and Gorillas in theMist
5 November 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This amazing film inspired me to do something, to somehow involve myself in the rescue attempt of one of Mother Natures most cherished possesions, Animals.

This inspiring tale is a true story and is based in the Congo region of Africa, where Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver), is sent to find more information about the little known, Mountain Gorillas.

Dian starts as a bystander pleading to be sent for the trip to Africa in-order to help in some way or form. And boy does she finish wrapped in the core of the Mountain Gorillas chance of survival.

Dian Faces love, war, and poachers and beats them of one by one as her courage and determination prevails, she is truly an icon, a lady to be remembered.

This is made possible by the outstanding performance of Sigourney Weaver who amazingly succeeds in portraying this strong willed; complex character. Sigourney is an fantastically gifted actor and shows us this in this movie.

A must see, a winner, Go Sigourney!


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