Heart of Darkness (1993)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  13 March 1994 (USA)
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A trading company manager travels up an African river to find a missing outpost head and discovers the depth of evil in humanity's soul.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Marlow is an ambitious and adventurous sailor who is employed by an English trading company and sent to an African colony. There he travels up the river, visiting the trading stations who barters for ivory with the natives. On his journey he is told about a man named Kurtz whose station is the one furthest up the river, deep in the African jungle. Some talk of him in awe, others in admiration, but they all seem to fear him. As Marlow gets closer and closer to Kurtz he understands that the man has gone insane and is now doing the most horrible and blasphemous deeds. Based on Joseph Conrad's classic novel about greed and insanity. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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13 March 1994 (USA)  »

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A Maldição da Selva  »

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Did You Know?


Ian McDiarmid is best known for playing Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films. Fellow Star Wars cast member Harrison Ford appeared in Apocalypse Now (1979), which was based on the same novel. Star Wars creator George Lucas was originally to direct the film, and is credited with the story idea of retelling the story in Vietnam. See more »


The Congo River is actually hundreds of meters across and not the pitiful and barely navigable stream it is depicted as in the film. See more »


Referenced in Good Eats: Art of Darkness II: Cocoa (2002) See more »

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Utterly Mind-numbing Movie
29 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie Heart of Darkness is an insult to the book by Joseph Conrad! To be quite honest the movie made me want to fall asleep. On the other hand, the book was definitely extraordinary. I feel that the movie left out several key elements and missed some of the main points from the book. In addition, the actors were boring and lacked originality and enthusiasm.

The book, while not an adventure story or easy to understand, is full of hidden meaning and interesting twists in the plot. The book, though very confusing and complex, is astonishing. When you do finally understand it, you feel as if you have actually learned something. The novella, or short story, had several key ideas like futility and craziness, which the movie left out. In addition, several key scenes were changed, which in return affected the entire plot. Many of the scenes seemed to be very "choppy", in the sense that they did not fit together. In summary, the movie seemed to be a bad interpretation of the book.

I would only recommend watching this movie if you cannot picture or understand the book, but otherwise I would skip this one. It was dreadful, and in complete disarray. If you have never read the book then, definitely do not watch the movie because you need the basic information from the book to understand the movie. The movie was a horrible spin-off of an outstanding and detailed book.

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