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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

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Set in 1898, this movie is based on the true story of two lions in Africa that killed 35 people over a nine month period, while a bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter tried to kill them. Written by Adil Siddiqi <adil@virginia.edu>

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lion | bridge | hunter | engineer | railway | See more »

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Rated R for some violence and gore involving animal attacks | See all certifications »

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Geist und die Dunkelheit  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 3,820,999,000 (Italy) (27 December 1996)

Gross:

$38,553,833 (USA) (7 February 1997)
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There is only one scene involving an animatronic lion. All the other shots were used using two real life lions named Bongo and Caeser. The same lions also appeared in the film George of the Jungle (1997). See more »

Goofs

The visibility of Kareem's earlobe under his turban when Remington has a gun to his head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samuel: This is the most famous and true African adventure.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the end credits is shown with a photograph of the real bridge as background. See more »

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Version of Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Safari Ya Bamba (Journey to Bamba)
Traditional musics
Lyrics by George Acogny
Produced by George Acogny
Performed by The Worldbeaters
with The Johannesburg Choir
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The story of a fine man facing an adventure of his lifetime
15 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A story of Col. Patterson building a bridge over the river Tsavo in Africa, and fighting the couple of killer lions and builders scared to death. Firstly it's the views. Africa's all around with yellow, sun burnt, high grown grass moving in the wind (you can smell the scent almost) and the workers who can cast a threat to Patterson if he fails their expectations of killing the lions. Secondly Val Kilmer's performance. He's not acting, he's just there fighting the obstacles. Thirdly Mike Douglas's influential way of telling things. He's more convincing than in 'Basic Instinct' and sorry Oliver, 'The Wall Street'. His macho appearance doesn't interfere with the main plot but comes to be part of it. Last not least it's Jerry Goldsmith's music. I don't know how he did it but he made it perfect. You just have to sense it to feel it. One of my favourites.


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