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Gorillas in the Mist -- 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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7 October 1988 (USA) See more »
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 »
The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sigourney Weaver ... Dian Fossey

Bryan Brown ... Bob Campbell

Julie Harris ... Roz Carr

John Omirah Miluwi ... Sembagare

Iain Cuthbertson ... Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov ... Claude Van Veeten
Waigwa Wachira ... Mukara

Iain Glen ... Brendan

David Lansbury ... Larry

Maggie O'Neill ... Kim
Konga Mbandu ... Rushemba

Michael J. Reynolds ... Howard Dowd

Gordon Masten ... Photographer
Peter Nduati ... Batwa chief
Helen Fraser ... Mme. Van Vecten

John Alexander ... Mime artist

Peter Elliott ... Mime artist

Denise Cheshire ... Mime artist
Antonio Hoyos ... Mime artist
Jody St. Michael ... Mime artist

Shelley Owens ... Principal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerald Pratley ... Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Apted 
Writing credits
Harold T.P. Hayes (article)

Dian Fossey (work)

Anna Hamilton Phelan (story) and
Tab Murphy (story)

Anna Hamilton Phelan (screenplay)

Produced by
Rick Baker .... associate producer
Terence A. Clegg .... producer (as Terence Clegg)
Arne Glimcher .... producer (as Arnold Glimcher)
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Judy Kessler .... co-producer
Robert Nixon .... co-producer
Jon Peters .... executive producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
John Seale 
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
John Graysmark 
Art Direction by
Ken Court 
Set Decoration by
Simon Wakefield 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Makeup Department
Stuart Artingstall .... special effects hair designer
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects
Christine Beveridge .... makeup supervisor
Elaine Bowerbank .... hair stylist
Tom Hester .... special makeup designer
Colin Jamison .... chief hair stylist
Norma Webb .... makeup artist
Norman Cabrera .... special makeup department sculptor: Rick Baker Studios (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... Rick Baker's Gorilla crew (uncredited)
Matt Rose .... sculptor: Cinovation Studios (uncredited)
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Brian Wade .... Rick Baker's gorilla crew (uncredited)
Production Management
Gerry Levy .... unit manager: studio
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Brock .... assistant director
Patrick Clayton .... assistant director
Tim Lewis .... assistant director
Robert Mugemana .... assistant director
Simon Trevor .... second unit director
Art Department
Ray Barrett .... construction manager
John Butler .... dressing props
Nobby Clark .... construction floor stand-by
Steve Cooper .... assistant art director
Roger W. Deer .... sketch artist (as Roger Deer)
Danny Evans .... props
Harold Fryer .... construction floor stand-by
Kevin Harris .... construction supervisor
Martin Hitchcock .... assistant art director
George K. Kabiru .... assistant greensman
Laurie Kerr .... assistant construction manager
Bernard Harvey Langton .... dressing props
John Lanzer .... production buyer
Ted Lynch .... construction floor stand-by
Phil Murray .... construction floor stand-by
Keith Pitt .... props
Roger Robson .... greensman
Steve Short .... props
Jack Dyer .... chargehand stagehand (uncredited)
Michael King .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Paul Wescott .... hod scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Brown .... sound maintenance
David Docker .... assistant sound editor
Pat Gilbert .... assistant sound editor
Peter Handford .... sound mixer
Archie Ludski .... dialogue editor
Andy Nelson .... dubbing mixer
Rocky Phelan .... foley editor
Brian Saunders .... assistant dubbing mixer
David Sharpe .... assistant sound editor
Don Sharpe .... supervising sound editor
John Stevenson .... boom operator
Christian T. Cooke .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
David Kindlon .... special effects mechanical designer (as Dave Kindlon)
Phil Notaro .... special effects mechanical designer
Michael Burnett .... foam department supervisor (uncredited)
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses (uncredited)
Larry Odien .... animatronics (uncredited)
Randy Simper .... animatronics specialist: Cinovation Creature Effects (uncredited)
Tim Turner .... special makeup effects: Rick Baker (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Robin Browne .... special effects cameraman
Martin Beek .... set dresser: model unit (uncredited)
Peter Watson .... opticals (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brierley .... clapper loader
Steve Burgess .... focus puller
Bob Campbell .... special photography
Murray Close .... still photographer
Bruce Davidson .... focus puller: Zaire
Cordella Donohoe .... clapper loader
Harry Eckford .... key grip
John Fletcher .... focus puller
Reg Garside .... gaffer
Jamie Harcourt .... camera operator
Jason Lehel .... focus puller
Steve Mason .... camera operator
Ray Meehan .... best boy
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Paul Thompson .... key grip
Richard Tindall .... clapper loader
Simon Trevor .... camera operator: second unit
Adam Dale .... aerial assistant camera (uncredited)
Jason Lehel .... camera operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Carlos Melville .... electrician (uncredited)
Geoff Mulligan .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Keith Murphy .... Steadicam operator: intro sequence (uncredited)
Micky Reeves .... electrician (uncredited)
Matt Slattery .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Helen Archer .... location casting: Kenya
Lucy Boulting .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe master (as Kenny Crouch)
Camilla Henneman .... special costume key person
Fanny Jakubowicz .... wardrobe assistant
Lisa Johnson .... wardrobe assistant
Juliann Smith DeVito .... speciality costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mark Gill .... assistant editor
Steve Johnson .... colorist
Russ Woolnough .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Barbara Allen .... location manager: Rwanda
Allan James .... location manager: Kenya
Cecilia Penasse .... location production assistant
Monty Ruben .... location liaison: Kenya
Thierry Verrier .... assistant location manager: Rwanda
Music Department
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Maurice Jarre .... conductor (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation manager
Other crew
Jennifer Alward .... consultant
Michele Archambault Dulman .... assistant: Mr. Glimcher
Paul Babu Kamau .... production runner (as Babu Kamau)
Rona Brown .... animal trainer
Stephanie Clark .... contact: London
Con Cremins .... location accountant
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist (as Susan D'Arcy)
Peter Elliott .... choreographer: mime artists
Vic Floyd .... unit car
Carl S. Griffin .... location accountant (as Carl Griffin)
Mary Holdsworth .... script supervisor
Robin Hollister .... special assistant interpreter
Dennis B. Kane .... consultant (as Dennis Kane)
Leila Kirkpatrick .... production coordinator
Patricia Newcomb .... publicity coordinator (as Patricia Newcombe)
Deo Ntakirutimana .... production assistant
Pat Pennelegion .... production coordinator
Ann Pollack .... assistant: Mr. Apted
Anna Reinhardt .... assistant to producers
Alan Root .... special gorilla photographer: Zaire
Christine Samways .... deputy accountant
Matthew Scudamore .... floor runner
Alex Shoumatoff .... consultant
Steve Sleap .... puppeteer
Keith Stack .... medic: location unit (as Dr. Keith Stack)
Karen Tangaere .... assistant script supervisor
John Trehy .... financial controller
Barbara Tyack .... assistant: Mr. Trevor
Julia Waye .... production runner
Aron Clayton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Watson .... title designer (uncredited)
Rosamund Carr .... gratefully acknowledged assistance (as Mrs. Rosamund Carr)
Stacey Coil .... gratefully acknowledged assistance: Digit Fund
Mark Condiotti .... gratefully acknowledged assistance: assistant director, Mountain Gorilla Project
Diane McMeekin .... gratefully acknowledged assistance: African Wildlife Foundation
Perez Olindo .... gratefully acknowledged assistance: director of Wildlife Conservation and Management Department, Kenya (as Dr. Perez Olindo)
David Watts .... gratefully acknowledged assistance: former director of the Karische Research Station, Rwanda (as Dr. David Watts)
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Also Known As:
"Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey" - USA (original title)
"Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey" - International (English title) (poster title), International (English title) (DVD title)
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129 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:13 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:M | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) (2008) | Netherlands:AL (video rating) (1990) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (1999) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Sembagare (John Omirah Miluwi), is based on Rosamund Carr's former house boy Sembagare Munyamboneza who set up the Imbabazi orphanage with her in 1994 after the Rwandan Genocide.See more »
Factual errors: Simba's newborn son is very dark with lush fur, and quite active. Newborn gorillas are usually pale with sparse hair, and are quite helpless and unable to move around much. The baby gorilla shown is at least a few months old.See more »
Dian Fossey:Get off my mountain!See more »
Movie Connections:
September in the RainSee more »


Were those real gorillas in the movie?
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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Anyone who loves animals must see this film...., 28 September 2006
Author: MarieGabrielle from United States

While this film may have taken certain creative license with some facts, this story is important and upsetting. Many people in the US are still not aware of the poaching issues, the wild horses that are being sold for profit now, and many horrific things that still go on, simply because animals have no one to protect their rights.

This film is upsetting and sad, but also beautiful. To see the silver back gorillas, how gentle they are to each other, and see Sigourney Weaver as Dian Fossey, who attempted to communicate and understand them.

It is sometimes difficult to learn what inhumanity man is capable of; against both humans and animals. But by learning about this issue, one may be galvanized into learning more, joining a humane association, or teaching their children to respect animals. Animals, especially in the wild are also God's creatures, and deserve to be respected. 10/10.

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