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Mountains of the Moon (1990)

The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton 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 »

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The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton 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>

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23 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Aux sources du Nil  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,011,793
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In the early 60's, producer Joseph E Levine announced plans for a large 70mm Roadshow presentation, " Burton and Isabel " with a screenplay by John Michael Hayes but it never went into production. During the 70' s, Sidney Lumet planned a biography of the Explorer. Instead he directed Richard Burton in "Equus ". See more »

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Although Larry Oliphant is portrayed as a homosexual, by all accounts he was in real life heterosexual: the filmmakers changed his sexual orientation to create a more dramatic reason for Speke's betrayal of Burton after all they had gone through together. See more »

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Arab chief in Cairo: In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy.
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From the album "Africa - Witchcraft & Ritual Music"
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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.


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