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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)
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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Constantin Alexandrov ...
Waigwa Wachira ...
Mukara
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Larry
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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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Biography | Drama

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,720,479 (USA)
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As later stated by one of the costumers, the baby gorillas who interacted with humans were not gorillas but chimpanzees who were made up in black-face and given peaked fur hats to more closely resemble gorillas. This is because the use of actual baby gorillas would have put the filmmakers in serious danger from the adult gorillas. It was also noted that, for a number of reasons, the crew kept its distance from the gorillas when not filming them. One day, when preparing to shoot a scene, the actors and crew were hanging around and paying little attention to a stuntman who casually climbed into his gorilla suit. The suit was extremely realistic, even featuring internal forearm extenders. In the upcoming scene the gorilla to charge, which required the stunt man to run on all fours using the ungainly arm extenders. Being dressed and ready, the stuntman then performed a practice charge. No one had paid any notice to the fellow until that exact moment. When he did the practice charge, he scared the cast and crew, causing a number of them to flee, as they thought that an actual gorilla was going after them. It took a few minutes for everyone to calm down and recognize the humor of the situation. See more »

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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 »

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Dian Fossey: Can I have a bath first?
Bob Campbell: You can have a bath second.
Dian Fossey: Why am I in this movie so much?
Bob Campbell: You're the story. You're what people are interested in. The gorilla girl.
Dian Fossey: It makes me look like some real weirdo.
Bob Campbell: Crawling around the mud in this climate after a bunch of gorillas might be perceived as weird.
Dian Fossey: Do you think I'm weird?
Bob Campbell: I do. Absolutely. Without question. I also think you are wonderful.
Dian Fossey: Which comes first, weird or wonderful?
Bob Campbell: Weird.
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Referenced in Superstore: Secret Shopper (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Was emotionally stirring, and inspiring.
25 June 2001 | by (United States, Midwest) – See all my reviews

This movie was emotionally stirring, and inspiring. This movie is about someone very brave who saw a terrible problem and tried to do something about it. Not just fussed about it, but actually DID something. The movie is hard for a tender hearted person to take sometimes, but it will inspire you to get out there and make a difference. I had tears streaming down my face the first time I watched...and the second and third time too. There should be many more movies like this made.


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