MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 487 this week

Mountains of the Moon (1990)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  23 February 1990 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 2,662 users  
Reviews: 35 user | 17 critic

The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 23 Jan 2011
 
list image
a list of 27 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 14 Apr 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 23 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mountains of the Moon (1990)

Mountains of the Moon (1990) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mountains of the Moon.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  
Director: Arielle Dombasle
Stars: Omar Sharif, Arielle Dombasle, Hippolyte Girardot
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Faced with the prospect of a dim future in his impoverished village, young Shankar bids farewell to his family in rural Bengal and makes a journey to the fabled "Mountain Of The Moon" in search of gold and diamond mines.

Director: Kamaleswar Mukherjee
Stars: Dev, Gérard Rudolf, Martin Cito Otto
Mother (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Recounts Henri Verneuil's relationship as a grown man with his father who had brought his Armenian family to Marseilles, France, in order to escape from the Turkish genocide in Armenia.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Richard Berry, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel
Man Trouble (1992)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A sleazy but affable guard dog trainer is blackmailed to steal a manuscript for a tell-all book from one of his clients.

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Ellen Barkin, Harry Dean Stanton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Jacob's feet are so turned out that he walks like Charlie Chaplin. He is different because of that and decides to emigrate from Palestine to Canada, where "everyone is equal". There ... See full summary »

Director: Izidore K. Musallam
Stars: Andy Velasquez, Giancarlo Giannini, Joanna Pacula
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The 'keys to freedom' for citizens of Hong Kong are US passports, as their city quakes with the imminent transition to Chinese Communist rule. A deadly black market for passports is ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Feke
Stars: Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif, Denholm Elliott
Black Widow (1987)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey
Wet (1994)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The attractive Davida enters a shop shortly before off-time and wants to buy a bathtub. Just the manager is still there. As business is not well, he is willing to stay longer. Davida wants ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Arliss Howard, Cynda Williams, Kathleen Wilhoite
Mother (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

At the beginning of the 20th century there was a genocide where about 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Turkish. This is a movie about the life of a simple Armenian family who became... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Veteran film director Matty Bonkers, a Hollywood legend, arrives in Berlin for an honorary retrospective tribute. While introducing his film Mockery, he receives a phone call from his ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Bob Rafelson, Fabienne Babe, Andreas Schmidt
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Tarek El-Telmisany
Stars: Amr Diab, Youssra, Omar Sharif
The Puppeteer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A father keeps his principles in rural Egypt while power seduces his son in Cairo. Mohamed is a puppeteer, a buffoon whose shows dramatize the promise of Nasser's socialist revolution. He's... See full summary »

Director: Hany Lasheen
Stars: Omar Sharif, Mervat Amin, Hesham Selim
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Larry Oliphant
...
Isabel Arundell (Mrs Burton as from 1861)
John Savident ...
Lord Murchison
James Villiers ...
Lord Oliphant
...
Edward
...
Lord Houghton
...
Mabruki
...
...
William
Richard Caldicot ...
Lord Russell
...
Herne
...
Stroyan
...
Ben Amir
Edit

Storyline

The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then dissolving after their journey. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aux sources du Nil  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$4,011,793 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie features the famous African explorer character of Dr. Livingstone (Dr. David Livingstone), who is well-known for being referenced in the famous quotation "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?", and who is portrayed in the picture by actor Bernard Hill. See more »

Goofs

In an scene set in 1854, Isabel is looking at a copy of "The Perfumed Garden" translated by Burton. Burton did not publish this translation until 1886. See more »

Quotes

Arab chief in Cairo: In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Wagogo Marriage Ritual
Recorded by David Fanshawe
From the album "Africa - Ceremonial & Folk Music"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A great film, it's to bad no went to see it.

When this film came out in 1990, it disappeared from the theaters as quickly as it came. Which is a shame really, because MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON is an excellent historical drama about the search for source of the Nile. The film is beautifully photographed on real African locations. I hate to call this film an epic, because that word has bad connotations today, and the film does not suffer from "epicitis" like so many films dubbed "epics". But MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON is an epic in the positive sense of the word.

The cast is uniformally good. A lot has already been written in this forum by others about the leads so I won't say anymore. Supporting player Delroy Lindo sometimes steals the show with his excellent role as the expeditions African guide.

I recommend you rent this along with STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE for a night of good viewing.

Till next time...Your pal Jim.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
a burton bio pic razaali1984
Missing Fencing scene. Jerry63
reviewer error upert
Blu-ray release for this masterpiece? mdtrot
Did anyone notice? YammaD
I am watching this on Cine Moi.... drd90274
Discuss Mountains of the Moon (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?