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Two actors from the movie, Roger Rees and Omar Sharif, died on the exact same day: 10 July, 2015.
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The actual real-life Mountains of the Moon can be seen in David Attenborough's natural wildlife documentary TV series Africa (2013).
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The film is not only based on the historical biographical "Burton and Speke" novel by William Harrison, but as outlined in the opening credits, also on the original journals of the explorers John Hanning Speke and Richard Francis Burton.
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The movie was made and released about 133 years after the expedition in search for the source of the Nile River in Africa commanded by Sir Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke and depicted in this film had taken place in 1857.
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The phrase 'Mountains of the Moon', according to website 'Wikipedia', "is an ancient term referring to a legendary mountain or mountain range in east Africa at the source of the Nile River. Various identifications have been made in modern times, the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda being the most celebrated". Website 'Entertainment Weekly' stated that "according to geographical legend, [the Mountains of the Moon] hid the [River Nile's] source".
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Final [to date, February 2015] full produced movie screenplay of director Bob Rafelson.
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Singer-actor David Bowie was considered for one of the lead roles.
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English actor Richard E. Grant, who plays Larry Oliphant, was actually born in Africa, in Mbabane, Swaziland. Grant has starred in such other Africa set movies as Zambezia (2012) and The Story of an African Farm (2004) as well as writing and directing the Swaziland set Wah-Wah (2005).
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The actual real-life Mountains of the Moon are shown in David Attenborough's 2013 natural wildlife television documentary series Africa (2013).
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First top-billed lead starring role in a cinema movie of actor Patrick Bergin.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "East African Coast 1854".
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During the closing credits actor Rod Woodruff is billed as playing a fencer but his role in fact is missing from the final film.
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The film was made and released about eight years after its source historical novel "Burton and Speke" by William Harrison had been first published in 1982.
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Star Patrick Bergin portrayed Victorian poet, linguist, explorer, and anthropologist Sir Richard Burton who had the same real first name and same last stage name as the later famous stage and screen actor Richard Burton.
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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.
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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 ".
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John Frankenheimer was originally announced to direct back in 1968.
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