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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 ...
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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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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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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23 September 1988 (USA)  »

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Gorillas in the Mist  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$24,720,479 (USA)
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Trivia

The gorilla suits used in movies up to this time had obvious anatomical differences from real gorillas; for instance, the wearer's real eyes were seen, forcing modification to the face. For this film director Michael Apted wanted to use real gorillas where possible, but some shots would have to use gorilla suits, so the difference would show. 'Rick Baker' met the challenge and created gorilla suits good enough that Apted could do what he wanted. 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

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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Performed by Peggy Lee
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very fine movie "based on" the life of Primate expert Dian Fossey
20 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

this movie is based on the life of Dian Fossey and her work with the gorillas in a remote part of Africa."based on" usually means that some of the content is true and parts of it are fictionalized for dramatic effect.for sure Dian Fossey did work with gorillas in Africa and was instrumental in the increase of their population.some of the details may have been altered,but the gist of the story is true.i thought it was a very entertaining,touching and heartbreaking story.i think Sigourney weaver did a great job as Dian Fossey.she really brought some passion to the character.the movie was also thought provoking and i actually became angry more than a few times about some of the incidents that occurred.i find it rare to become so actively involved with a movie nowadays.for me "Gorillas in the Mist" is at a strong 8/10


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