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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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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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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Gorillas in the Mist  »

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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

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 »

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Dian Fossey: May I come in?
[enters and catches Brendan and Kim in bed together]
Dian Fossey: Oh, god! This is not a summer camp! If you want to crawl in and out of each other's beds, you can do it somewhere else! All right? You're fired!
Brendan: You can't fire us! We work for the Leaky Foundation, not you!
Dian Fossey: Get off my mountain!
[to everyone else]
Dian Fossey: What are you staring at?
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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 wonderful portrayal of one woman's dream
10 January 2001 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Who was Dian Fossey? Enviromental enthusiast? Insane eco-warrior? Or both?

Gorillas In The Mist is the story of this extraordinary woman whose work with Mountain Gorillas in Congo, and subsequently Rwanda, quite possibly saved these beautiful creatures from extinction. Her hard work and determination in studying these wonderful animals led to an amazing living arrangement with them.

How simply amazing must it be to touch, play and hold hands with a silverback Gorilla in the wilds of Africa? How would it feel to find that same silverback with his head, hands and feet cut off by poachers? To be frank, these gorillas were Dian Fossey's children - each had a name, each had their own unique trait - so it is hardly surprising that she became a little possessive and started treating the animals as her own. The horrors that she experienced on those mountains would send anyone mad.

Sigourney Weaver is simply superb as Fossey, portraying her hard work and gradual decline into insanity with that touch that only a few actresses possess. Her chemistry with co-star Bryan Brown adds to the feel of the film and the fact that she was brave enough to go anywhere near real gorillas is fascinating. To be fair, the two hours do drag a little, but Weaver is talented enough to carry the film through it.

Weaver once said "I only get the parts that Meryl [Streep] passes up" but to be honest, I couldn't imagine this brilliant woman being played by anyone else but Sigourney.


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