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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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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  »

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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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In the early '90s, when Brian De Palma was chosen to direct the film, Kevin Costner was going to star as Patterson. However when The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) proved to be a box office disaster the studio withdrew their offer to De Palma and Costner went on to do The Bodyguard (1992). See more »

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In reality, Patterson killed both lions himself. The great white hunter Remington is complete fiction, and no one like that was ever present in Tsavo during the time the events took place. See more »

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[first lines]
Samuel: This is the most famous and true African adventure.
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The beginning of the end credits is shown with a photograph of the real bridge as background. See more »

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Jungal Bahar (The Prey Song)
Written and Produced by George Acogny
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decent adventure yarn
8 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

"The Ghost & the Darkness" is a very good adventure flick set in Africa in the late 19th century, and is based on a true incident. Kilmer plays an engineer sent to build a railroad bridge over the Tsavo river. Work is halted by attacks from two man-eating lions which terrorize the workers. Seems these lions are exhibiting behavior not seen in lions before, i.e. they appear to be hunting for sport ('the Ghost' and 'the Darkness' are the names given to the 2 lions by the native workers). Douglas plays a famous renegade American hunter, a tragically scarred Civil War veteran, hired by the railroad to kill the lions.

Good adventure, well-paced, with stunning photography of the African countryside. The movie has an "R" rating which I can't figure out; perhaps because of the bloodiness of the lion dinner scenes (and lunch, and breakfast, and between-meal snacks....). I have seen many PG13's which have more blood & guts than this.

I give it a straight A; my 10-year old son gave it an enthusiastic thumbs-up also).


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