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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.

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Henry Cele ...
Kurt Egelhof ...
Indian Victim
Satchu Annamalai ...
Worker #1
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Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington, who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions. Written by Jwelch5742

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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:

$9,215,063 (USA) (13 October 1996)

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$38,619,405 (USA)
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Val Kilmer who was a frequent visitor to Africa expressed enthusiasm for the script, which enabled the project to be financed. See more »

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Cremation of Remington, Colonial Patterson's blood make up on his face/neck. See more »

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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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Remake of Bwana Devil (1952) See more »

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Safari Ya Bamba (Journey to Bamba)
Traditional music
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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