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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  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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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  »

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$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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The real Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson published a book about his experiences, titled "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo." See more »

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Instantly recognizable polio vaccine scars are visible on the arms of several extras playing native Africans throughout the film. The vaccine wasn't announced until 12 April 1955. See more »

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[first lines]
Samuel: This is the most famous and true African adventure.
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Safari Ya Bamba (Journey to Bamba)
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Lyrics by George Acogny
Produced by George Acogny
Performed by The Worldbeaters
with The Johannesburg Choir
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A success in originality, story telling, and terror.
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The Ghost and the Darkness is an excellent film. It has the ingredients of a landmark movie. The story is based on fact. There was a bridge being built in Tsavo in 1898. There were two man-eating lions there who killed 130 people for no reason. And I believe there was something more behind the intentions of these lions. Evil can and does exist anywhere. Undoubtedly in humans, and, probably more than we'll ever know, in animals. The Ghost and the Darkness is a reminder how vulnerable we are to nature's fury, and that we should never under-estimate the potential of any animal.

In closing, I'll say that this movie is perfectly directed, superbly scored, and beautifully filmed, and to the adventurous and open-minded viewer, a movie with lasting satisfying and chilling effects.


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