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Congo (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Mystery | 9 June 1995 (USA)
When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong.

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Amy (as Lorene Noh)
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Moira
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Boyd
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Eleanor Romy
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College President / Elliot's Boss
Bill Pugin ...
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Lawrence T. Wrentz ...
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A megalomaniac C.E.O. sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters (or is it laser weapons?). When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter- in-law is sent after them. She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a a nutty Indiana-Jones-type looking for King Solomon's Mines), sets out to rescue her former fiancé. What they all discover is that often what we most want turns out to be the source of our downfall. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Where you are the endangered species


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Rated PG-13 for jungle adventure terror and action and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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9 June 1995 (USA)  »

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Kongo  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,642,539 (USA) (11 June 1995)

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$81,022,101 (USA)
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The diamond that was thrown out of the balloon at the end of the movie was lost, and so could not be returned to Herkimer Diamond Mines. See more »

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An ape removes one eye from Jeffrey, yet later some claim both corpses have eyes. But when Jeffrey is found, his head is turned sideways, so we can not see the right side of his face or his right eye. See more »

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[first lines]
Rudy, TraviCom Security: [over PA system] Doctor Ross. Doctor Ross. We've got satellite in the Congo.
Dr. Karen Ross: What did they say, Rudy?
Rudy, TraviCom Security: I can't repeat anything in here.
Dr. Karen Ross: It's Charles.
Rudy, TraviCom Security: It's Charles.
Rudy, TraviCom Security: [trying her access card] It won't work.
Dr. Karen Ross: You changed the code already?
Rudy, TraviCom Security: The old man's got me changing it every 3 hours now.
[imitating Cary Grant for voice print]
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Featured in Congo: Journey Into the Unknown (1995) See more »

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The Village Chant
Written and Produced by James Newton Howard & Lebo M.
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I have a soft spot for this movie, but...
27 May 2007 | by (The Armory, Ape City) – See all my reviews

The idea is great, the book was a good read, and the film ought to have been great as well. I was disappointed, but I still have a soft spot for this story. They expected Congo to be the next King Kong and there were a good deal of toys, action figures, books, stickers, etc. to sell to the expected hordes of fans. The fans did not materialize and the action figures are an easy buy on the internet.

The legend of the city of Zinj is a phenomenal idea to work with for a film. Evolved apes is a sure seller. But this movie did not deliver. There were so many missed opportunities and examples of poor writing. For me the ape researcher on the expedition is a bit goofy to be credible. And he is one of the central characters! We are not given much to believe his knowledge or utility to the expedition or to Amy for that matter. This spoils that character. I liked the African actors in the film and was willing to go along with the hunter and his somewhat distracting phony English accent. But somehow, the film did not deliver what it could easily have delivered: action plus thought-provoking story about animal intelligence.


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