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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  11 October 1996 (USA)
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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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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 All (71) »

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

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Also Known As:

Der Geist und die Dunkelheit  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,215,063 (USA) (11 October 1996)

Gross:

$38,553,833 (USA) (7 February 1997)
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According to the book 'The Devil's Candy', in 1990 Brian De Palma was attached to direct. He was turned down by the studio after the failure of The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). Kenneth Branagh was also approached after the success of Henry V (1989). See more »

Goofs

The lions in the film are "normal" male lions with large manes. The actual man-eaters were "Tsavo" lions which means that the males do not have manes. See more »

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[first lines]
Samuel: This is the most famous and true African adventure.
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Iye Oyeha
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Lyrics by George Acogny
Produced by George Acogny
Performed by The Worldbeaters
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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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